All our senses are engaged in life.
Many believe that mental health is all about your psychology: your cognitions (thoughts) and how they affect your behaviour. This is a very narrow way of thinking about mental health.
Alternatively, it should be looked at holistically, in order to understand it and treat mental illnesses. Mental health should not only include psychological health, but spiritual and neurological health.
"Spiritual health includes a purposeful life",as stated by The National Center for Biotechnology Information. What does this mean? It means not living a life that others want for YOU, but one that YOU want for YOU. Take time to learn who you are: your likes, dislikes and passions; and that way, you will know how to focus your energy in doing things that light a fire in you. Entertain the thought that God wanted to express something through you in this life – and find out what it is.
Neurological health is health of the brain, nerves and consequentially, spinal cord. Because the brain is an organ that receives energy from the food you eat, it is important to discuss your eating. Did you know that food you eat sends a large number of related signals to your brain? They are loaded with sensory, nutritive, and other information. Meaning you are really, what you eat! Oily fish, dark chocolate, berries and other nutrient-packed foods tell your brain to produce hormones like serotonin and oxytocin; that boost your mood. Other work that these foods do is boost your mental clarity and overall brain health. Many doctors stress the health of the brain in understanding mental illnesses.
Everything we do results in everything we think and consequentially, become. They say that we are a sum total of our choices. Thinking about mental health in this way includes all that we are, harnesses the power of shaping our lives. This power, my friends, is the key to mental healing.
If you wake up in the morning and first thing you do is eat a fried sugary meal, eventually, your logic will outweigh the time and find space in the forefront in your conscious that you made an unhealthy choice. And if you are already predisposed to depression, you will feel two times worse. Now at this point, is your depression the cause of the awful low mood? Or is your choice the cause? In this case, your choice is the cause. Because had you chosen to eat avocado toast, your logic would have praised you and subsequently, inspired you to make the same conscious choice tomorrow, and the next day.
When I was severely depressed, my daily routine consisted constant checking of Instagram and paying no attention to my inner world. Furthermore, I didn't care to do anything that everybody was not doing. Until finally, it broke me. My insecurities and lack of self-care crashed into me as waves of depression and anorexia.
Of course, I didn't know what to do. My therapist suggested I pray. And I did; every morning upon waking up. Didn't work. I tried eating the pain away and there. After hitting rock- bottom in binge-eating disorder was I able to claw my way back to reality.