When it comes to mental health and talking about it there is a lot of stigma around it. Both for mental wellness as well as mental illness. We need to stop looking at mental health through the lens of a stigma.
Mental health is so important for everyone. Not just people who have been traumatized or who have a mental illness. I think that mental health is something that we all need to work on everyday. There are many different things that one can do to help themselves maintain good mental health. As I stated in my first blog post the mind and body are connected. Mental Health is one subject that deals with this mind-body connection.
There are many treatments out there that one can seek, but before we get into that I would like to let you know that about half or less than half of the people that suffer with mental illness will not seek treatment. There are many reasons for this, from not having the money, to not having the time. Because they need to keep there job or are afraid of treatment. But the biggest one I keep hearing is the stigma around mental health. Everyone needs to worry about there mental health, “no matter if you have a mental health problem or not”. If you are one of the people that are suffering from a mental illness, the bravest and strongest thing you can do is talk to someone. Seek help because you are not alone. If you do not have a mental health problem you still need to keep your mental health in good standing.
There are holistic or complementary and alternative treatments that are out there that can be used to treat anxiety and depression. “The techniques that are used to treat anxiety and depression as well as many other mental health problems are movement-based, biological, or energy-based. They include treatments such as acupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, Reiki, biofeedback, nutritional therapies, meditation and herbs” (“Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM),” n.d.).
These techniques are also viable for your everyday mental health. I use many of them myself. Yoga breathing helps to keep me calm. Herbal teas help me to unwind from stress. I use reiki in its traditional use for balancing mind and body energetically, and yes I meditate.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/complementary-alternative-medicine