Develop a Relationship with Your Mental Health

In a time where it’s becoming more socially acceptable to talk about mental health and mental health issues, it’s essential that we are able to develop a relationship with our mental health. Many of us had parents and grandparents who denied the benefits of things like therapy and believed that suppression was the best policy. Even today, many people don’t buy into the tenants of mental health, and that’s fine. For everyone out there who is aware of their own mental health issues, this message is for you.

Depression and anxiety have become two of the most trending mental health issues that we see in the media. This is not unexpected with the added stressors of reacclimating to society and hunting for employment. What I want to tell you is to give yourself grace. Everything has an adjustment period, and you do not have to be perfect. You don’t even have to be as good as you were last year. Just take it step by step. 

A cliche but true statement is that “acceptance is the first step.” Usually associated with addiction, this “mantra” can be applied to mental health as well. When we acknowledge our mental health, we can hedge against our triggers and reinforce our positive coping mechanisms. This might seem like common sense, but every day someone is doing something harmful to cope with issues they refuse to acknowledge. 

Mental health issues are not horrors that need to be cured. They are byproducts of an increasingly complex environment that requires more and more individuals to navigate it effectively. Being able to acknowledge your mental health is the first step toward developing a positive relationship with it. I’m not going to tell you that you have to find a productive outlet for your mental health issues. The most important thing is that you develop positive coping mechanisms. Don’t fight the darker parts of yourself; shine a light on them, respect them, and work with them.