This originally began as a video for one of my classes in my doctoral program. It was inspired by the recent, tragic suicides of Chester Bennington, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain. The video isn't worth watching, but the ideas in it are good habits for daily mental health.
The following are five habits, based in the wisdom of Chinese medicine, that have helped me and my patients keep life from careening off its tracks. In Chinese medicine, the world is comprised of five different elements- water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. The ancient Chinese believed that humans were also composed of these five elements. When these elements are balanced, health and wellness thrive. Each of these five tips are based in the physical or emotional expression of these elements to keep the body in balance.
These tips might seem simplistic, but they are worth noting. At the very least, they can be used as a starting point to help you find your own mental health habits.
Tactics for daily mental health:
If these daily tactics don't help very much or at all, Chinese medicine is an excellent option to help with symptoms of depression or anxiety and balance out the body. Therapy or medications will also help. And lastly, if you're experiencing irrational thoughts, sometimes all it takes to break them is one conversation with a rational person. Please don't be ashamed to reach out to a friend or hotline.
Regardless of what has happened, is happening, or will happen in our lives, it's necessary to reach within ourselves and grow. It's our responsibility to ourselves, and just as crucial, to those who surround us and love us. What do you do daily for your "me-time"?
Take care of yourselves. Much love.
Thoughts and practical tips to protect your health based in the wisdom of Chinese medicine.
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