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"Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, spiritual and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, act and energetically vibrate. It determines how we handle life, stress, relationships and how we make choices. There is no question that mental health is crucial for quality living."- Indigo S.


In modern society, it's a common theme for mental and emotional well-being to fall by the wayside in the midst of mundane living; i.e., working, going to school, wanting to make more money, raising children, paying bills, feeling this ever-present pressure to always be "busy", constantly productive, constantly striving, always aiming for something "new" and "better", constant deadlines--both those externally/internally imposed,etc. Due to this lifestyle, it can sometimes be very challenging to slow down whilst living in a society that glorifies overworking & overcompensating 25/8 while undermining the quality/importance of mental and emotional rest & wellness. As a result, modern society is consistently plagued by growing numbers of mental/emotional disorders & diagnoses. Even for those who have certain mental/emotional disorders due to genetics, familial upbringing and experience of traumatic events, the societal structure that we currently live under has displayed a strong pattern of being lackadaisical, unaware, passive-aggressive or even blatantly unsupportive towards those who suffer from said conditions. This is seen in situations where action is only taken to create tangible support/awareness when it's "too late" and the worst has already happened, or not including "mental health days" as a valid reason for work absence, or even insurance companies who refuse to fairly compensate mental health professionals for their time/services, resulting in less options for those in need of professional, affordable mental & behavioral healthcare.


On the brighter side, what does one do with this information? You start where you are and do what you can. The list of practices to manage mental health is inexhaustible as every person requires something different. Nonetheless, here are some tips & practices I've gathered from both my experience and my personal research. (Of course, take what applies at your discretion and leave the rest. Also, consult your professional healthcare provider as needed.)

With effort, self-compassionate patience and mindfulness, reducing the effects of mental health issues can be done by implementing self-care and holistic health practices that are as simple or as intricate as you'd like:

~Physical Self-Care: Eating well,staying active, drinking water and getting some sunlight may seem overtly obvious but for some who are in the midst of experiencing a bout of depression/anxiety/etc; these simple tasks could feel like a draining chore if all you have the energy to do is self-isolate, sleep or stay 'zoned out'. Many have described their depression as feeling "numb" to everything without relief, or constantly feeling letha