While looking for quotes to start my section about mental health, I encountered this text by Lori Deschene:
"You don't have to be positive all the time. It's perfectly okay to feel sad, angry, annoyed, frustrated, scared, and anxious. Having feelings doesn't make you a negative person. It makes you human."
Emotions are powerful. Our emotions reside in our limbic system, and our brain and chemistry control everything we are, how we think, and what we do. Ignoring our feelings, and not assessing what they are trying to tell us can jeopardize our well-being.
Curiosity and vulnerability are vital to improving our mental wellness. We stimulate our curiosity through education, and in many communities, emotional learning is a taboo. Lack of knowledge regarding the topic can easily lead to false beliefs that do not help cope with stressful situations. As a result, we fear taking an honest look at ourselves, which makes it even more challenging to embrace growth and adapt to changes. When developing new skills, or choosing a career, being aware of our superpowers and limitations allow us to focus our energy in the right direction.
A vital part of embracing growth is learning how to connect with our emotions. When we are vulnerable, we can easily connect with our feelings and have a better understanding of ourselves. Most of our problems originate from fixed demands and expectations we have about ourselves, others, and the world.
As a mental health advocate, I work daily in my perspective about challenges, setbacks, and new adventures. I assess my emotions every day, and I tend to ask for feedback whenever I need some help identifying my blind spots to make improvements. When working with people to maximize their mental well-being, we focus on assessing emotions, belief systems, values, and triggers. This awakening allows us to build patience and tolerance to work on uncomfortable and stressful things which add value in building resources to improve our mental health.