October 10th was World Mental Health day. Last night I saw an old post in my social media memories that I had made on October 10th several years ago. It was filled the usual positive motivational fluff:
“Reach out to someone struggling.” “Leave people feeling better when they exit your presence.” “Be there for each other.” “Be kind.”
Don’t get me wrong – all of that stuff is still important, but this year I have a different challenge. How about we make time to learn about emotional health? How about we learn where that stuff comes from so we can improve our own mental and emotional health, show up better in our relationships, and so we can better understand and empathize with those we care about?
A lot of the self-help and mental health modalities out there today are actually counterproductive and dismissive. Some have you believing it will all be ok if you can “fake it til you make it” and just smile more until you’re suddenly happier. That doesn’t work because the avoidance will fester until it reaches a boiling point, and whatever is shoved down will come out eventually.
Others may work a bit, but only get us so far. This is because they miss a critical component, the one that is actually responsible for how we respond and react in situations. That is our nervous system, which regulates the body. When our body is dysregulated, our mind will be too. In order to get out of the funk, we have to bring our physiology to the mix.
I have been doing this work for some time now, and it has been incredibly helpful. Most recently, with the emotional health challenge with Mastin Kipp where it explains all of this in depth. It also allows you to see some breakthroughs happen live that are very much relatable. I hope more people jump on for the replays, because this is powerful and transformative stuff.
Know that you are worthy of having breakthroughs that will enable you to create a happier, healthier life for yourself