Mental Health Basics

Mental Health Basics

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    Reaching your goals makes you feel better about yourself, and encourages you to reach for even higher goals in your life.

    This is important for your self-image.

    In order to feel like a winner, or to feel like you've accomplished something, you must have goals that you can reach.

    Thus, creating positive emotions is not really that difficult. It may take a little practice if this is something you're not used to doing.

    But the benefits are well worth the effort.

    Start by setting some small goals. One or two things you can do TODAY.

    Get them done, and see how you feel.

    Then, set some goals that take a little more effort.

    And see how you feel when you get those done.

    When you do this, and keep setting goals (no matter how big or small) you will find that your mental state of mind is more positive.

    The fact is... when you are more productive, you are happier.

    Being happy is a positive emotion. And let's be honest, you just want to be happy, right?

    So help yourself out and start accomplishing little small tasks that need to be done in your life.

    Then set bigger goals. And then bigger ones.

    And go out with a positive mental attitude and get done what you need to get done.

    You will feel better. I guarantee it.

    And remember...Your life is made up of time. As far as your emotions go, successful minutes lead to successful hours.

    And that leads to successful days. Which leads to successful months. Then successful years.

    Successful years turn into successful decades, which in turn make a successful life.

    But it all starts with setting some small goals that you can achieve, and then moving forward with bigger and better goals that will make your life richer and full of happiness.

    These are, after all, the positive emotions that we all strive for.

    Get out there and create them, be all you can be. And enjoy your life as much as you can.

    This is how setting goals can create positive emotions.

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    A , Psychology, answered

    Daydreaming is the font of creativity -- it is essentially the process of engaging the imagination. Imagination creates dreams of possibilities. In a review of the emerging research on the benefits of daydreaming, author Josie Glausiusz concludes that "daydreaming, far from being a total timewaster, is a potential portal to the Nobel Prize -- as it was for Albert Einstein, whose visionary daydreams helped him conceive the theory of relativity while he toiled away at a humdrum job in the Swiss patent office."

    Other research supports many benefits of daydreaming. Daydreaming can increase social and emotional intelligence. We can release troublesome emotions safely in our imaginary world rather than in the real one, where the consequences would be problematic. And in our imagination we can rehearse social interactions, leading to greater intimacy and more mature relationships.

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    A , Psychology, answered
    Why do so many people struggle for so long to realize what they really want to do? Perhaps we should ask instead why some people hide their deepest aspirations like they are dirty little secrets, or hidden perversions. The answer? Because many people grew up with limiting beliefs that told them that success is selfish. If you're struggling with these beliefs, practice saying -- and believing -- the following affirmations:
    • "My achievements are my generous gift to the world."
    • "My desires are links to my most important service to the world."
    If you are able to reframe your limiting beliefs in this way, you just might overcome the obstacle of feeling selfish for honoring your ambitions and drive for achievement.

    The phrase "service to the world" may sound like dutiful self-sacrifice. In practice, world service is the act of doing that which is most exciting to you. World service is the fulfillment of your vaunting ambitions. It is when you are in alignment with your deepest desires, values, and needs that you are doing what you were meant to do.
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    A Advanced Practice Nursing, answered on behalf of
    What constitutes self-disclosure? It's about sharing personal (and maybe even intimate) details about yourself like your health and relationship status, your finances, religious and political beliefs, etc. It's very important to evaluate the appropriate time and place for self-disclosure. While it may feel very "freeing" to discuss these things with the goal of bringing you closer to others, it depends who those others are and in what context you are sharing these details.
    Here is where the dark side comes in. When you meet someone new, or especially, are in your work environment, ask yourself if perhaps what you want to share could possibly be misinterpreted or used against you in the future. Is it "too much information" at that time or place?
    Social networking sites promote self-disclosure, and make it seem almost effortless to share every small detail of your life and personality. This is the potential dark side. Once something is posted on the Internet, it is there for eternity. Do you really want your future employer to know what your alcoholic beverage of choice is and how often you drink it? This freedom to self-disclose seems to carry over into daily life. Have you ever had a complete stranger on a bus tell you about their "messy" divorce and recent surgery?
    Before you "open the floodgates" about you, ask yourself. Is it too soon or too much? Who is your audience? Self-disclose a little bit at a time; test your own comfort level and the reactions you receive.
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    While researchers are working internationally to develop culturally-specific anti-stigma programs, there are steps to take to combat stigma in your community:
    • Recognize that most mental illnesses are disorders of the brain.
    • Be respectful of people with mental illness.
    • Don’t use disrespectful terms in referring to people with a mental illness, such as retarded, crazy, or lunatic.
    • Refer to a person, not just their illness, such as "a person who has schizophrenia" instead of "a schizophrenic."
    • Emphasize a person’s abilities and strengths rather than his disability or limitations.
    • Help dispel myths about mental illness.
    • Promote greater awareness of mental illness.
    • Encourage people to seek help for mental health problems.
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    A , Health Education, answered
    To pursue good health and balance in our lives is an admirable goal, but there is a quiet desperation in searching the world for a perfection that is not of this world. The Fourth Instinct urges us to know what it is that makes us human -- uniquely and distinctly human. And it is not physical perfection. It helps us explore the meaning of our mortality, rather than run from it.  We hear the echo of a voice we recognize. In the middle of tension and anxiety, we are suddenly enveloped by a sense of peace. In circumstances of intense hatred, we are given glimpses of the power of love. All is evidence of the spiritual perfection to which the Fourth Instinct points. But it is a perfection we can achieve only through our soul. When we look for it elsewhere, we are worshiping idols.
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    Veterans should feel encouraged to continue their education after return from deployment. The Montgomery GI Bill is a tremendous benefit available to veterans for financing their education, whether it be in college, graduate school, vocational school, or flight training. There is also free education and vocational counseling provided to veterans under Chapter 36.

    The more education and training you get, the better your prospects for fulfilling employment after return from military service. That said, veterans starting or returning to college may face social and psychological challenges. The college campus is a very different environment and may even be perceived by the veteran as sheltered or unreal in comparison to the war zone. The majority of students a veteran will meet will have no experience of the military, and, at best, limited understanding. A veteran may feel that he or she has lived through much more than the average student, and it may be difficult to fit in with people who have such dissimilar perspectives. The political environment on some campuses can make a veteran uncomfortable; not just because of anti-war sentiment, but because of potential stigma associated with the voluntary choice of military service among students who have never considered it, and professors who have never experienced it.

    Veterans should not feel responsible for educating other students about the war zone and military life, unless they choose to. If need be, practice a controlled and cordial response to naïve questions, like, “Did you kill anyone over there?” Keeping in touch with your service buddies on a regular basis may help you put the college environment and your own experience in perspective.
     
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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered

    People won't spend more money on a more expensive air conditioner even if it means that they'll pay smaller energy bills for years down the line. Today - the immediate responses of your reptilian brain - tends to win out over tomorrow - the prefrontal cortex, even though not having enough for tomorrow is the source of stress that wears on us like a three-ton boulder on your shoulders. It's the same concept that derails most diets: The pleasures of nutritional sins today (hotdog? cheese cake?) win out over the benefits of the way nutritional foods will take care of us tomorrow (more energy and less pain tomorrow if you eat blueberries and walnuts today?). Most likely your prefrontal cortex often doesn't get consulted in the mall or the food court; you rely on your reptilian brain. That evolutionary problem wouldn't be a problem if credit cards and leverage didn't exist now. But they do, and the lack of consulting your prefrontal cortex often causes you to overspend and thus be burdened with financial stress.

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    A , Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Worry helps with problem-solving, and the stress reaction, also known as the fight-or-flight response, traditionally is what helped us deal with ife-threatening problems, like saber-tooth tigers. The problems with stress typically happen when we go to extremes of the anxiety scale. Some anxiety is good because it helps keep you on your toes, but too much anxiety can be destructive and no anxiety at all can mean that no decisions ever get made.
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    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    With studies we now know that we connect with some miraculous source of healing when you experience times of serenity. Your blood pressure goes down, your immune system gets a boost, and you slow down the aging process. Scientific research clearly reveals that your body replenishes and heals as you practice serenity. In the silence, your thermostat resets and you settle into the real rhythm of your mind, body, and soul.