Mind Matters

Mental health is a big topic in today’s world. It’s becoming more prevalent in today’s society. According to Black Dog Institute, one in five (20%) of Australians between the ages of 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year. This statistic is quite high.

Statistics aside, as a society we seem to view the mind a little different to the rest of the body. What do I mean? In general, we’re quite comfortable to go to the Chiropractor if our back is sore or the Podiatrist to check out our feet, Cardiologist for our heart, yet we seem to be reluctant to visit a psychologist, counsellor or psychiatrist for our mind.

Our mind is like the rest of our body. It’s just another body part that from time to time needs some fine tuning and a little bit of “help”. Nothing more and nothing less. I am aware of the stigma attached to mental health in our society, however I think by changing our view of the mind, we can start to shift those attitudes. I’m not getting away from the fact that mental health can be complicated and difficult to understand, however surely if we viewed the mind like we did the rest of our body then we may start to be comfortable to seek some professional assistance.

Mind Matters

Mind Matters

It’s quite of weird to think that if you had a broken arm, then because people can see your physical limitation, they accept it. However, explain to someone you have chronic fatigue or a mental illness and because they can’t see what your “illness” is, they question its existence. Some even run the other way.

It’s that behaviour and attitude which we need to change. Our mind is a very powerful thing which drives us to achieve many great things and can also be very destructive to us. It can be our best friend or our worst enemy. We shouldn’t be afraid of it and we shouldn’t be afraid to seek help for it.

Psychology

Psychology

I’ve suffered depression before and I took antidepressants. I also saw a psychologist. Whilst I was able to move out of depression and off antidepressants, I continue to still see my psychologist. Why, you ask? It’s like this. I’ve been there before and I don’t want to go back. I also recognise my mind can take me to a dark place through my thought patterns and I want to keep it away from there. I want my mind to be strong. I want my mind to be rational. Most importantly, I want my mind to lead me to great things. So just as a chiropractor is for my back, a podiatrist is for my feet and a cardiologist is for my heart, so a psychologist is for my mind. And I’m very comfortable with that.

Do you view your mind as just another body part?? How do you feel about getting some “help” for it??

Jen xoxo

10 thoughts on “Mind Matters

  1. Bec | Mumma Tells

    I love how the blogging community has really opened up the dialogue with regards to mental health. Such a valuable – and worthwhile – conversation to be had. Looking after the mind is just as important as the body. No question. X

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    1. Jen Post author

      Great point bec. Blogging has allowed people to share their stories and raise awareness on mental health. Sometimes we forget the mind but its so important to look after it.

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  2. Tegan

    I’m sure you probably already know my stance on this. I probably invest more into my mind than I do in my body, but it all really has a flow on effect. When my mental health is at its worst, my physical life also suffers. So if I take care of my mind then it in turn makes my physical self better.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Yeah..you’ve been a voice to educate and inspire. You know that you need to look after your mind and it all flows on.

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  3. Yuseuf Chowdhury

    So true. The mind which is the main vehicle that shapes our behavior, attitude, thinking for ourselves and towards others. One has to seek help from professional or even from alternative methods. Ignore it will make it worse.

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    1. Jen Post author

      Agree yusuf. The mind quite often lays the foundation on which everything else is built. We must remember to look after it.

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  4. Silly Mummy

    Family life and work can put a great deal of pressure on us, especially with an autistic child. It’s important to nurse our minds. I look at my mind like a rose bush that I want to nurture forever… tend to it, pluck the dead leaves, water it and check on it often. 🙂

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    1. Jen Post author

      Such a healthy way to think about the mind. Nurturing our mind is so important. Life in general puts pressure on us. Take care and look after yourself.

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