The definition of mental is “of or relating to the mind”.
It seems to me more people are defining themselves as having “disorder of the mind”, instead of having situations that “relate to the mind”. Every year diagnosis of ADD and ADHD are reported to be on the rise, as well as rates of anxiety and depression. “Internet gaming disorder” and “caffeine withdrawal” are now listed as a mental disorder according to Mental Health Professionals Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Thus, my question is, why do we spend so much time figuring out names to go along with symptoms instead of treating people and helping them learn how to deal with the stressors that are going on in and around them? I am asking you, do you feel it’s important to have a name to define symptoms? I see many people who have spent years in the western medical system trying to put a name to what is going on in their body instead of learning about their physical body, mental arena, emotional and spiritual self and dealing with the root of the problem. Our minds are programmed to gravitate to the negative, to keep searching outside of ourselves for something to “fix” us, to “heal” us to make us whole. I invite you to consider the idea that what you need is already contained inside of you. I’m talking about researched and scientific proof that your body, mind, and soul has been created and programmed to heal.
Our environment as well as our internal mental chatter supplies us with all sorts of toxins from physical to emotional. However, you do have a choice on how to face them, deal, and heal from them. Be it breathwork, meditation, being present, mindfulness, yoga, guided imagery, acupuncture or multiple other healing techniques, there are things that we can chose to do for and in our lives that can have a profound healing affect.
For today, I ask you to take a moment when you come upon a situation or thought that is disturbing to you. Take a moment to stop before you act. Take a long inhale through your nose and a slow exhale through your mouth. Repeat this for 10 breaths. Focus on your breath, feel your body, locate where that tension is in your body. Sit with it and breath into it. That’s all you have to do. Now you have created an opportunity to respond to what is going on instead of react. How does that feel?
What will you chose?
(As author of this blog I acknowledge that there are medical conditions that do need to be treatment with medication. I believe that everything mentioned above can be used in conjunction with western medical treatment to assist anyone in creating a healthier life. )