Mental and Emotional Health Go Hand In Hand
May is mental health month, so I keep seeing lots of posts about mental health.
I wanted to take a minute and share my thoughts on this.
I believe that mental and emotional health go hand in hand. Without one, you cannot have the other.
If you want to strengthen one, you'll have to strengthen the other.
If you strengthen one, you'll strengthen the other.
Mental and Emotional Health go together like the chicken and the egg.
You can't really separate them.
What is Mental Health
I believe mental health is something that EVERYONE has! It's kind of like physical health, if you're alive, you've got it to some extent.
Just like physical health, there are things you can do to improve your mental health.
First, here's how I define mental health.
Mental health is your ability to be aware of your thinking and to be intentional with how you think.
You are not your thoughts, you are the thinker of your thoughts!
As the thinker, you have the power to
What Is Emotional Health
I define emotional health as the ability to experience any and ALL emotions and to be able to identify and process them.
One of the problems that I see is when people label emotions as "good" of "bad", often it's positive or negative.
The problem with this is that it sends the wrong message, that negative or "bad" emotions should be avoided, and that positive emotions or the only good ones.
The truth is, that humans are designed to feel a wide range of emotions.
It's empowering to know that feeling anxiety or anger doesn't mean that anything is wrong with you, in fact, it means you have some emotional health because you are experiencing an emotion.
How to Strengthen Your Mental and Emotional Health
I know I sound like a broken record, but the most powerful thing you can do to help your teen strengthen their mental or emotional health is to strengthen your own.
You can show them the example of being someone who's aware of their thoughts and intentional when it comes to their thoughts.
You can be the example of allowing any and all emotions and identifying and processing the emotion.
Share The Love!
One of the most powerful things you can do to change from the inside out is to share your growth and experience with others.
By BEing the change you want to see, you will start to inspire others.
Share your wins.
Share your growth.
Share your successes.
Share your resources and tools.
BE the example of what is possible when it comes to parenting.
CALL TO ACTION
Join my free Be the Change training starting next week. It will all be happening on my Be the Change Challenge Facebook Group to know when I go live.