Navigating survival mode

Mental Health is vital in creating a sense of wellbeing, to reach our potential and cope with the natural stressors that occur in our daily life.

There are many factors that can affect our mental wellbeing:

- Stress

- Workplace wellbeing

- Communication

- Mental Wealth/Hygiene

- Physical Health

- Culture & Stigma

Workplace wellbeing can have a huge impact on our wellbeing as we spend 36 hours a week, 46% of our day in our working environment. With a lot of the focus in the media at the moment resting on improving workplace wellbeing and mental health awareness in employers, individuals need to learn how to develop a recognition to mental distress and develop a greater sense of emotional wealth in this and every other aspect of their lives.

Stress has no medical definition and is commonly mistaken for anxiety, effecting people in many different ways. Of course, a little stress can be a positive thing and a motivator for action. However, if high or prolonged then it can leave us feeling; anxious, irritable, impatient, lonely, unable to enjoy our daily life and worried. There are many contributors to stress, which can be both internal and external. Internal stressors are a result of our attitudes, thoughts, lack of sleep, health, fitness and resilience. External stressors are more related to situational factors, such as; work, relationships, divorce, bereavement, pregnancy, exams, moving home and social factors. Stress depends on our personalities and our upbringing, our mind having a great impact.

We can have a greater sense of control over our stress by understanding our triggers and managing the stress by creating a greater balance to our lives, our lifestyles, receiving practical advice, managing our time, talking, confronting our emotions and having a greater sense of our mental attitude. There is a common saying that “there is no health without mental health” and therefore for emotional wealth in our lives we need to be maintaining our psychological health and wellbeing, just as we would our physical health through exercise and diet.

Resilience can be developed if we change our mindset and there are many different ways that self-help books can support us to do this. However, as I have learnt, these techniques appeal to people in different ways, with varying effect and so it can take a lot of searching (and money) to identify what works for you.

One of the most important things to remember is that your symptoms are not happening to you, you are creating and maintaining them in your mind, and this can be undone. Everyday things present themselves to you that you minimise, trivialise or normalise, however on other days these can come together and culminate to become unmanageable and out of control. Your belief systems are built as you psychologically need to see something in a certain way in order to buy into it, therefore you see events which confirm your beliefs and affirm them.

One of the most important things to remember is that your body and your brain are unable to tell the difference between what’s really happening to you and what you imagine. We need to develop the awareness in detect the limiting or unhelpful thinking styles, interrupt their pattern and change this thought.

At N.E.W (Nurturing Emotional Wealth) we know by experience that small changes to our way of thinking can have a large impact on our lives. Our brains process 2 million bits of data a second and is constantly filtered with our values, attitudes and experiences. As we create these beliefs, there becomes no room for new ones, unless we weaken the old belief first. Throughout our daily lives it is these thoughts and beliefs that effect how happy we are. Our relationships become a direct reflection of the relationship that we have with ourselves, and if this is not positive it can become an ever-decreasing circle.

In our community the aim is to support others to recognise that to change a habitual brain reaction, we need to create a new path and tread this repeatedly until it becomes clear. Emotional Wealth is not a bandwagon, a fashionable fad or celebrity trend, it’s the shaping of our identity and the way that we live our lives. Stress, anxiety and depression does not have to be the way that we live (I learnt that through living over 25 years of my life this way). We can be who we want to be in the world and stop the overwhelm. When we have suffered from poor emotional and mental health, we start to develop ongoing mental health issues, yet frequently don’t deal with the fall-out from it. We live in an insidious normality, ignoring the red flags, so in need of validation and vulnerable to our minds.

We hope that you will find this journey relatable, empowering, supportive, knowledgeable and most of all inspirational.

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