Take care of yourself every day: you are your best resource
Sadness, restlessness, irascibility, nostalgia, fear … our moods, subtle mixture of emotions and thoughts, are the throbbing heart of our bond with the world.
Always present and always influential, they accompany us at all times of the day and, when they are constantly moved towards the negative pole , they can ruin the quality of our life.
It is therefore important to maintain an emotional balance and take care of our mental aspect. Please, let’s do it from now … we don’t have to worry about it only when we are at the extremes and we feel we can’t do it, when the situation becomes increasingly difficult to sustain .
It is essential to prevent any form of discomfort, loving each other every day and taking care of us and our body every day.
Faced with a negative experience, we can take on different attitudes: we can decide to ignore what disturbs us, relegating it to “being good in a little place” in the depths of our mind; we can try to analyze it rationally in an attempt to give it a sensible explanation … in short, we can find a thousand strategies to silence this suffering , the important thing is to keep it away from us. It works? I am not convinced.
Understanding what is at the origin of negative emotional experiences, approaching them slowly, without being afraid, and learning to accept them as they are can be a real turning point.
Leave oxygen to our “negative” emotions (I put negative in quotes because I don’t find it sensible to give a positive or negative meaning to emotions, they all come with a purpose and are all useful and necessary in human life) and allow emotions to show themselves and evolving freely can greatly change our existence; it can guide us towards more conscious serenity and well-being .
The World Health Organization (WHO) carries out every year studies aimed at evaluating the spread in the world of mental illness, emotional imbalances and mental illnesses and related socio-economic costs.
Research shows that the prevalence of these disorders increases every year in industrialized countries and that the impact of the latter on society is significant both for the number of subjects affected and for the high load of disabilities that psychic suffering unfortunately brings with self.
In fact, around 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disorders and who, to varying degrees, are unable to do work independently and lose the ability to functionally relate to others . Suffice it to say that in Europe suicide mortality rates are higher than those for road accidents and that 7% of the population seems to suffer from depression.
In addition to serious work, family and relationship difficulties, psychic suffering often brings with it forms of indifference and marginalization . Such a panorama therefore requires therapeutic interventions and preventive projects based on scientific evidence and capable of promoting emotional and mental health.
According to the WHO definition ” mental health is a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which the individual realizes his cognitive and emotional abilities , manages to cope with the normal tensions of life, knows how to work productively and fruitfully and is able to offer a positive contribution to the community in which it lives ”(WHO, 2007).
The emotionally balanced man therefore:
- meets the daily needs of life every day
- performs its function in society
- establishes satisfying and mature relationships with others
- participates constructively in changes in the environment,
- adapting to external conditions and solving internal conflicts
All mental health professionals, doctors and psychologists, should therefore act to stem the factors that predispose to psychic discomfort , encouraging healthy lifestyles and adopting preventive and protective techniques … that intervene BEFORE, to prevent AFTER.
I want to conclude by placing the emphasis on one of the protective factors that plays a fundamental role in the life of each of us: the regulation of emotions .
Only when we are able to welcome and accept our emotions without judgment, trying to understand their value and their meaning, will we know how to live our lives consciously and fully.