Psychotherapy Day – September 25th
It might appear as an act of self-promotion, yet my intention is to share research, wherever and whenever possible, so everyone might move forward making more informed decisions when it comes to their own health, mind, body and spirit!
Psychotherapy works, especially when there is a genuine connection and deep understanding of the root causes to health challenges. And that deep understanding grows from the knowledge that it is not what is wrong with you, but what happened to you!
As I share again in this month’s Blog (see below), the research is unequivocal when showing the link between what happened to us (mental health) and the leading causes of morbidity and mortality (physical health). So, if we truly want to have a healthier world, we need to start with a focus on the mind and, if we do, the body will follow. This focus on the mind – and what traumatizes it – is the only way to break the transgenerational transmission of what ails the world.
Below I provide intention-settings idea to start to destigmatize mental health challenges to help shift the collective healthcare mindset from treating the long-term physical effects of trauma to prevention by inviting in more nurturing, compassion, understanding, belonging and acceptance into our lives:
- TALK about Mental Health. Do you remember the last time a conflict was resolved by silence? Neither do I! The only way to truly bring about collaboration and community is to talk things out. The act of talking takes courage and strength as it also requires us to listen deeply and with curiosity. Our minds want to make sense of the world, even when experiences may not be logical – we are meaning making vibrational beings. And often what makes the vibrations uncomfortable are the emotions of relationships. Human beings are wired for connection to others, as the pandemic has so clearly laid bare for us to feel. It is only when we can hold our relational emotions alongside of the rational thoughts that meaning mine opens wide for us to look into for the gold. Sometimes this is impossible to do without the support of another, who can welcome and hold the emotions with us, making space for the light. So it is my hope that all of us can set an intention to talk openly about our mental health, without shame, to remind us that we are not alone in our struggles.
- WRITE/BLOG about Mental Health. For those that are active on social media, I encourage you to set an intention to write or blog (or even vlog) about a small piece of your story, remembering that it is what happened to you, so you may begin to shine the light on any shame that you might be carrying. I like to compare shame as Toxic Mold that grows and thrives (and slowly kills) in the dark. If the light can reach it, it dies. When writing/sharing our stories, we are opening a window to let the light shine in and let the shame out. Remember the shame is not yours and no longer needs to be carried!
- Volunteer for Mental Health. If you always felt a heart tug to volunteer, yet haven’t found the “just right” organization or cause, perhaps consider mental health. As a starting point, visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness or Mental Health America websites for more information. Support is needed in all walks of life and all stages of life.
- Donate for Mental Health. If you find that you don’t have the time to volunteer right now, perhaps you might consider a financial donation. You might even look into whether or not your company might match your donation, as many organizations have such programs. Any energy expended with intention creates ripples in the universe far beyond what the human eye can see or mind can know, so every little bit counts!
- Read/Share Research on Mental Health. And last but certainly not least (and my favorite!) is read the research! And, after reading it, share it!! Remember the old Faberge Organics Shampoo commercial with Heather Locklear where she shared her experience with two friends . . . who shared it with two friends . . . etc., perhaps we can replicate that today by sharing something vitally important to the health of the world. It is this intention that might have the greatest impact on cutting short the public mental health crisis we have been challenged by for so many years. The research is crystal clear – work with the mind first to prevent diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
As always, if you try any of these intention-setting ideas for holistic health, I would love to hear about the impact they might have had for you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share!