Mental wellness does not just impact us as individuals, it impacts our whole society. If we all took steps to take care of our emotions and care for ourselves in this way the world would be a lot healthier. Emotionally injured people hurt others and as I have gotten older I have learned how important it is to take time to heal.
“When people started practicing personal hygiene, life expectancy improved by almost 50% in a few decades”, mental hygiene can have a similar impact. Fighting loneliness, equipping yourself with tools to handle failure, and protecting your self-esteem can make a huge impact.
I have seen people with mental illnesses that have improved considerably just by changing a few bad habits in themselves and the people in their surroundings. Our minds are filled with many feedback loops that can take us deep into depression or into other problems, but if we figure which knobs to tweak we are able to make big impacts in our own lives and those around us.
The mind is more powerful than many people imagine and working on yourself can have a high reward compared to the time you have to invest to get there.
“When you get rejected, the first thing you should be doing is to revive your self-esteem, not beat it to a pulp.”
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