For those suffering from the loss of a loved one, a painful breakup or divorce, or financial hardship, the anxieties of life can bring on feelings of despair, depression, and hopelessness.
Influential psychiatrist Dr. William A. Glasser held a unique view of what it means to be mentally healthy and I have come to love and appreciate the simplicity of his definition of mental health. Here are his thoughts:
“You are mentally healthy if you enjoy being with most of the people you know, especially with the important people in your life such as family, sexual partners, and friends. Generally, you are happy and are more than willing to help an unhappy family member, friend, or colleague feel better. You lead a mostly tension-free life, laugh a lot, and rarely suffer from the aches and pains that so many people accept as an unavoidable part of living. You enjoy life and have no trouble accepting other people who think and act differently from you. It rarely occurs to you to criticize or try to change anyone. If you have differences with someone else you will try to work out the problem; if you can’t you will walk away before you argue and increase the difficulty. You are creative in what you attempt and may enjoy more of your potential than you ever thought possible. Finally, even in very difficult situations, when you are unhappy (no one can be happy all the time) you’ll know why you are unhappy and attempt to do something about it. You may even be physically handicapped as was Christopher Reeve, and still fit the criteria above.”
Here are some signs that indicate you may be experiencing emotional or mental distress:
- lack of focus/concentration
- poor appetite
- sleeping too much
- crying spells
- body aches/pain
- withdrawn behavior
- unusual irritability
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs/symptoms of distress, please get support from someone you trust. In many cases, counseling can help you gain insight into the underlying causes of distress. Whatever you do, don’t suffer in silence. Click here for additional mental health resources.
Cheers to Your Complete Health and Wholeness,