Lately, you’ve taken more of an interest in your mental health. After all, it’s really interesting!
Although, when you first discovered your mental health condition, you were a little resistant. Now you have moved past that and are diving into this new aspect about yourself.
In the past, you frequently wondered why your mind acted the way it did. Or maybe, it just felt you were “wired” differently.
But with this new diagnosis, it’s as if new doors of discovery are opening for you.
So, now that you find your mental health interesting, what do you do now?
Learn More About Your Mental Health
The best place to launch your newfound energy is by learning what you can about your mental health issue.
Hopefully, you are researching already via books, websites, and other resources for your particular issue. Also, there is the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Mayo Clinic—both are excellent resources.
However, watch out for information overload. With the internet, it’s very easy to get sucked into a whirlpool of websites. Some will have very good information and others won’t.
An enormous volume of information is out there. Start with a book and perhaps one or two resourceful websites.
One more thing, don’t skim! Read slowly and thoroughly to fully absorb the information.
Own Your Mental Health
When you find your mental health interesting, it’s a positive step toward owning your mental health. This is a new and curious part about yourself that you might not have considered before.
However, as time goes on, you can integrate your mental health into who you are. Keep in mind, though, this doesn’t mean your mental health definesyou.
Many attributes about yourself that contribute to what makes you, you. For example:
- Your work and professional life
- The relationships you have with family and friends
- Recreational interests and hobbies
- The values that you find important
Your mental health is just one part of the many things that make up who you are as a person.
Take Time to Reflect
Next, create space for yourself to reflect on your mental health and the challenges it creates. The idea here is not to dwell on the past or obsess over the mistakes you have made in life.
Rather, this is a chance to fully explore your feelings, emotions, and your past to understand how they apply to your mental health in the present.
This is an excellent time to practice mindfulness strategies, such as meditation. Keep a journal for yourself as thoughts and feelings come to the surface. Don’t dwell on those things, though.
Instead, acknowledge them and move on to the next thought or feeling. This practice can help you gain perspective and also understand how your mental health influences the many aspects of your life.
Participate in Individual Counseling
Participating in individual counseling is a key part of any mental health treatment plan.
By working with a therapist, you have more ways to understand your mental health including:
- Being free to discuss your mental health with someone caring and supportive
- Learning more about the big picture regarding your mental health
- Developing coping strategies to navigate emotional triggers
- Integrating your mental health into who you are as a person
It’s great that you have found a new interest in your mental health. Now that you have that interest, take it to the next level by beginning your own mental health journey.
Part of this process is connecting with a therapist and participating in individual counseling. If you’re ready to connect, please reach out to me today. Or, visit my depression counseling page to learn more about how I can help you.