Brush Up! On Your Mental Hygiene
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Brush Up! On Your Mental Hygiene

Brush Up! On Your Mental Hygiene

Nov 27 2019


Mental health is an integral part of health; indeed, there is no health without mental health (World Health Organization Fact Sheet No220, 2014).

Collins English Dictionary defines hygiene as "clean or healthy practices or thinking." Good dental hygiene improves the quality of teeth.  Good mental hygiene improves the quality of life. Just like ignoring to floss can incur a nasty cavity, ignoring your mental health can lead to negative consequences such as low self-esteem, trouble with drugs and alcohol and struggles with depression.  These conditions in turn can wreak havoc on your physical health.  Practicing good mental hygiene can help build resilience to handle life's ups and downs and minimize intrusion on physical health.

Cleanliness was not always common practice.  It wasn't until the late 19th century that the "germ theory of disease" set in motion the drive to reform public health.  The improved standards of cleanliness slowly lead to improved personal hygiene.  Life expectancy increased as killer diseases like pneumonia and diphtheria declined.  In the 21st century, the drive is for improved psychological health.   There are many influences that can shape our mental health at any stage of life: social (loneliness), environment (workplace stress), physical (pain), and economical (job loss).  These are just some examples. 

Take the time to educate yourself on how these elements can affect your mental health.  Seek knowledge on how to minimize negative impact on your psychological well being and, practice skills to boost your resilience.  Let's face it, a full life is replete with ups and downs.  Having a file cabinet of coping skills increases the chance of being able to find an effective coping tool for a particular situation.  You may dislike trying new things or be skeptical of some of the information you learn.  When you have an opportunity to learn something new, give yourself some encouragement to do so.  You may be pleasantly surprised.

I had the opportunity to participate in a Facilitated Equine Emotional Learning (FEEL) event. The basic premise is to use horses as teachers to enhance personal (or professional) goals and to restore the balance of intellectual, intuitive, emotional and physical capabilities.  I had never heard of this practice and had no idea what to expect. I was curious.   If I had not engaged in this experience, I would have missed the opportunity to meet some really nice people and learn quite a bit of horse lore.  

The goal of this blog is to give you the knowledge and skills to help you navigate your path to psychological wellness, and to brush up! on your mental hygiene.

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