There is no shame in struggling psychologically or emotionally. Chronic mental illness affects 1/5 Canadians. Half of all adults over the age of 40, and 1/3 Canadians will go through some form of mental health setback, usually due to life circumstances. Combined with the sedentariness and physical health population crisis, most of the population can benefit from therapeutic activity that promotes mental and physical health. There is no shame in being human. It is perfectly normal to take steps to restore health, and to structure a lifestyle that supports resilience. Managing and maintaining mental and physical health is living smart and living well.
There is hope. Health is a dynamic state. That means it goes up and down, and can be influenced strongly by the environment around you, and life circumstances. Your brain is 'plastic', which means you have hope. The World Health Organization defines health as a state of well-being where you function well, not merely avoid major illness. Health is " a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Science today shows that your mind is not stuck: new brain cells and new connections can be formed even later in life, which means that there is always hope.
You can be resilient and grow forward. It's not a sign of weakness to take steps that promote mental and physical health, even when others don't seem to need to do so. Public Health statements refer to our society as pathogenic: urbanization, stress, individualism leading to loneliness, lack of access to green environment and social support on a large systemic scale mean that many people are made ill- many people struggle. Social media is extra-shiny, because the reality often isn't. In resilience research, there is a metaphor of the 'dandelion' and 'orchid'. Dandelions seem to thrive anywhere. Orchids are more sensitive and either thrive gloriously or wilt under the right conditions. It's not your job to be anyone you are not. It's your responsibility to reach out for what you need to be YOU. You're trying to live. You want to thrive. You have people and goals you care about. Everyone, no matter how strong, has set-backs, challenges and systems for coping with the uphill climb/obstacle race of life.
How you think changes how you move, live, experience life. How you move can also change how you think, feel and process. Moving your body improves brain cell growth and fosters new connections. That's why Move Your Mind has options for incorporating physical activity, outdoor time, and animal assistance into your therapy plan. Create conditions for moving your mind today!
World Health Organization Definition of Mental Health: "the capacity of each and all of us to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face. It is a positive sense of emotional and spiritual well-being that respects the importance of culture, equity, social justice, interconnections and personal dignity."
What do we do to Move My Mind? When you give yourself the support you need, you can make healthier decisions, build healthier relationships, focus, find hope again....When you're in the right soil, you can grow in the direction you are meant to go. You have more strength to cope and thrive. More information about how we work is on the counselling and coaching page. To connect with a counsellor, go to counsellors and scheduling.