In a world that often moves at a relentless pace, it’s easy to overlook the quiet struggles many face beneath the surface. On this World’s Mental Health Day, let us embark on a compassionate journey into the depths of mental well-being, guided by the words of Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.”
The Invisible Battles
Behind every smile, there may lie a story of resilience. During my psychology study I have learnt that the mental health isn’t just about the absence of illness; it’s about the presence of well-being. It’s not just about not being sick, but feeling good inside. Adult life, with the challenges it brings, has helped me understand better what that really means.
I like to think of it this way: It’s like when the surface of the sea looks calm, but underneath, there are strong, turbulent currents swirling. Similarly, someone may seem okay on the outside, but inside, they could be struggling with storms. Especially today, on World Mental Health Day, I want to take time and reflect on how we can all understand and help those who might be hiding their inner battles.
Compassion in Action
Picture this: someone you know seems okay on the outside, but you can tell something’s not quite right. You kind of feel for them. It touches you. That feeling you have is compassion, and it’s crucial when it comes to understanding and assisting those who are dealing with inner struggles.
Compassion is more than just a concept; it’s an action that can change lives. When we extend a hand of compassion, we’re offering support and understanding to someone who may be silently battling their inner demons. It’s about making them feel seen, heard, and valued.
But compassion isn’t only about helping others; it starts with understanding and being kind to yourself. In my experience, self-compassion is a vital element of anyone’s journey to a great mental health. I see it as the lighthouse that guides us through the storms. To extend compassion to ourselves and others is to acknowledge that each person’s journey is unique. It’s about creating safe spaces for vulnerability and embracing imperfections. Have you heard this saying “The wound is the place where the light enters you”? I love it because it reminds me that our struggles and wounds can truly lead to growth and transformation.
Healing Through Connection
In a world that thrives on connectivity, the irony is that many feel disconnected. Yet, connection is the heart of healing. The book I will remember for long is “Lost Connections” by Johann Hari. Why? Because it gets to the root cause of why so many of us feel depressed. In his book, Johann explores how the modern world’s disconnect from meaningful connections can impact mental well-being. It reminds us that real connection goes beyond the surface, gets much deeper, nurturing our souls and minds. As human beings, we’re wired to find connection and to avoid rejection. We’re wired to belong to the tribe. So especially today, especially in this digital world, let’s not forget the impact of a genuine human connection. The power of a heartfelt conversation or just a non-judgmental presence where others need us.
Understanding the Depths of Mental Health
Carl Jung’s profound quote, ‘Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes’, underscores the idea that true clarity and answers to life’s questions are inherent within us. As I embarked on my journey in clinical hypnotherapy, each client session brought me closer to this powerful realization.
This intricate dance between our minds and hearts is, I believe, at the core of effective therapy. Therapists, whether through modalities like clinical hypnotherapy or traditional talk therapy, guide individuals on a journey of self-discovery and inner exploration. These therapeutic processes help us harmonize our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs.
Much like conducting a symphony of self-discovery, effective therapy provides the tools to examine the meanings we’ve attached to what has happened to us. It empowers us to reshape the beliefs we have formed in the past that has began to hurt us. And it helps us understand that we are free to change the meaning, at any time. It makes us see that we may not have control over all circumstances, but we always have the power to shape our responses and, ultimately, our well-being. In therapeutic interventions conducted in hypnosis, all of this unfolds within the receptive space of the mind, where healing thoughts can take root faster.
Journey to wellness
Especially today, we are reminded of the transformative potential within each of us. Therapy, in its various forms, invites us to look within, find clarity, and nurture our mental well-being. It’s like a process of awakening to our own potential, so that we can lead more fulfilling and mentally healthy lives.
So, as we unite on this World Mental Health Day, let compassion guide us and understanding point our way. Our stories, though diverse, share threads of hope, resilience, and the enduring human spirit.