Happiness is the highest from of health

Overcoming Gym Anxiety

However, one must remember that they are not alone and that gym anxiety plagues millions of people across the globe. One grapples with gym anxiety when one is not confident about their looks and unsure about how to use a particular gym equipment. Nevertheless, there are ways to combat this issue. Some of these are:

  1. Taking a group fitness class – Taking a group fitness class can greatly alleviate the anxiety one has in the initial few days of joining a gym. It can be comforting to know that everyone around is new and that everyone is getting to know each other. The friendliness that pervades such classes can easily take the stress out of the situation.
  2. Focusing on your workout – When one is focused on their workout, they are least bothered by what others think about them. One must focus on achieving something every day, no matter how small a milestone is. If one is in need of better focus, one might plug in their headphones and listen to their favorite playlist.
  3. Talking to the fitness instructor – Instead of missing out on exercises, wondering how to do them or shirking from using an exercise machine because of lack of knowledge, it is better to talk to the fitness instructor. These professionals would be more than willing to extend help. Therefore, do not shy away from asking them in case of a doubt.
  4. Avoiding going solo – Instead of marching up the driveway of a gym solo, one can make an entry with a friend or a companion. This can greatly boost one’s morale and alleviate the stress of joining a gym alone. Further, the thought of spending some quality time with the friend would keep one motivated and ensure that they attend the gym regularly. Setting fitness goals would also help.
  5. Exercising or not during peak hours – Peak hours may get quite stressful due to the rush. Therefore, one must avoid that time to derive maximum benefit of visiting a gym. Schedule your gym visit in the wee hours of the morning, late afternoon, or late evening to avoid the rush hour and exercise at your will and time. On the other hand, visiting a gym during peak hours can be helpful if someone wants to learn about how different people use different equipment.

Protect Your Mental Health

In your dreams the movement your ego makes from one conscience to another appears when you go up or down. When you go upstairs you go to the region of your human conscience. This means that you think based on human standards. When you go down you go to the dangerous region of your satanic anti-conscience, where you think based on absurdity and evilness.

The constant influence of your anti-conscience is represented by your mother. Whenever you have dreams about your mother this means that your anti-conscience is influencing or controlling your mind and your behavior.

You have to be afraid of your anti-conscience because its intention is to destroy your conscience and replace your ego. However, your anti-conscience is your evil self. You believe that your evil self helps you in many ways, and that it defends you from your enemies. This is a misleading impression, but you trust your evil self more than anyone else.

You believe that you need an evil self because you don’t want to be foolish. You want to be smart and take advantage of all the opportunities you may have to live better. You also believe that your evil self helps you understand who is evil, while this is not true.

Therefore, you are a perfect victim to your satanic anti-conscience. You listen to its evil thoughts as if there was something useful in them.

Depending on how much you will pay attention to these absurd and evil thoughts, you will lose more or less consciousness.

You must learn how to identify all the signs of evilness in order to have a clear mind and think based on justice.

Your anti-conscience makes you believe that there is no difference between good or evil. It transforms everything into the same thing, as if there was no difference at all between good and evil.

You become more insensitive and more idiotic as you follow the absurd thoughts it sends to your conscience, but you don’t understand this fact.

Your dreams help you stop being a slave to your anti-conscience and develop your conscience. Your evil self disappears as you develop your human side through dream translation.

While you are alive you have to understand that without goodness everything is false, empty, and dangerous. This philosophical comprehension is indispensable for the salvation of your conscience. Otherwise, it will be destroyed by your satanic anti-conscience.

However, you are easily misled by the impression that evilness is smarter than goodness. You don’t think about the consequences of your mistakes. You don’t take your spirit into consideration. You don’t believe that there is life after death.

You make many mistakes.

When you accept evil thoughts as if they were useful you believe in delusions, but you don’t understand this fact. You believe that what is false, empty, temporary, and dangerous can make you happy.

You are alive in order to discover that goodness is indispensable in life, and cultivate goodness in your heart. However, this comprehension cannot be imposed. You have to understand this fact by yourself.

This is a difficult matter when you tend to think based on the evil thoughts of your anti-conscience and you believe that you have more advantages when you are selfish.

You don’t believe that selfishness is evilness, but when you are selfish you think only about your own interests. So, you do everything you can to protect and achieve your goals, without caring about justice.

You may try to justify your actions based on an ‘individualistic justice’, but your definitions don’t change the evilness existent in your thoughts and actions. You give many excuses to yourself.

You tend to add good characteristics to what is bad because this is convenient for your ego and your anti-conscience suggests this convenient distortion.

Your dreams help you stop making this mistake. You must learn how to clearly recognize what is bad in order to protect your conscience.

Ways to Help Become Mentally Stronger

Be Optimistic

Optimism is a characteristic always displayed by successful people. How so? Because they never gave in to their failures and always pushed through despite the obstacles. They remain optimistic throughout the ups and downs of their journey. Additionally, these successful and mentally strong people are supported by their friends, relatives, and colleagues-a group of positive people. They don’t let pessimism get in the way of reaching their goals. Be the person that looks at a glass half full.

Find Balance With Negative Thoughts

Acknowledging negative thoughts also comes in handy at times. It enables you to see what could go wrong and how to plan and deal with it in advance. To be clear, negative thinking is welcome but being a pessimist isn’t.

Use Your Mental Energy Wisely

Distraction is one of the common causes of unproductivity and decreased mental energy. It’s always lurking and hiding in various forms, the most common being your smartphone and the social media apps you can access with just a few swipes and taps. Admit it, there are times where you just pause your work only to find yourself scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook feed.

Mentally strong people use their time wisely and their energy carefully. They are focused on achieving their daily (and ultimate) goals. They’re also mindful of their time so they devote to things that matter.

Practice Gratitude

If you’re not contented with what you have now and you’re always seeking for more, that attitude can have a negative effect on your mental well-being.

Those people who are mentally healthy acknowledge what they have and express gratitude for it whether it be big or small. They take pride in what they have and accomplished, and they’re thankful for everything they’re blessed with.

One Step at a Time

Difficult times can be overwhelming. It also challenges your mental strength. When you’re faced with certain challenges no matter big or small, it’s important to keep your cool and deal with it one step at a time.

Let’s say the challenge is to lose weight. First, the challenge is ambiguous. Set a concrete goal. For instance, lose 10 pounds in a month. Break it down into smaller, doable goals (i.e. lose 3 pounds in a week) that when combined, leads to achieving your ultimate goal. This method will make the challenge easier and more achievable.

Trauma and Codependency

Childhood Trauma

Childhood itself may be traumatic when it’s not safe to be spontaneous, vulnerable, and authentic. It’s emotionally damaging if you were ignored, shamed, or punished for expressing your thoughts or feelings or for being immature, imperfect, or having needs and wants. Some people are neglected or emotionally or physically abandoned and conclude they can’t trust or rely on anyone. They hide their real, child self, and play an adult role before they’re ready. Divorce, illness, or loss of a parent or sibling can also be traumatic, depending upon the way in which it was handled by parents. Occurrences become harmful when they’re either chronic or severe to the extent that they overwhelm a child’s limited ability to cope with what was happening.

How you’ve encountered these experiences are your wounds. Most everyone manages to grow up, but the scars remain and account for problems in relationships and coping with reality. Deeper healing requires reopening those wounds, cleaning them, and applying the medicine of compassion.

Symptoms of Trauma

Trauma is a subjective experience and differs from person to person. Each child in a family will react differently to the same experience and to trauma. Symptoms may come and go, and may not show up until years after the event. You needn’t have all of the following symptoms to have experienced trauma:

  • Over-reacting to triggers that are reminders of the trauma
  • Avoiding thinking, experiencing, or talking about triggers for the trauma
  • Avoiding activities you once enjoyed
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Experiencing memory lapses or inability to recall parts of trauma
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Having difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Feeling irritable or angry
  • Feeling overwhelming guilt or shame
  • Behaving in a self-destructive manner
  • Being easily frightened and startled
  • Being hypervigilant – excessively fearful
  • Hearing or seeing things that aren’t there
  • Having restricted feelings – sometimes numb or emotionally flat, or detached from emotions, other people, or events
  • Feeling depersonalized; a loss of Self or cut off from your body and environment – like you’re going through the motions
  • Having flashbacks of scenes or reliving the past event
  • Having dreams or nightmares about the past
  • Experiencing insomnia
  • Experiencing panic attacks

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) is not uncommon among codependents who experienced trauma either as a child or adult. Diagnosis requires a specific number of symptoms that last for at least 30 days and may start long after the triggering event. Core symptoms include:

  • Intrusive thoughts in the form of dreams, waking flashbacks, or recurring negative thoughts
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma, including forgetting or avoiding sleep and shutting down feelings or numbness
  • Hyperarousal putting your nervous system on alert, creating irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty relaxing and sleeping

Trauma is debilitating and robs you of your life. Often a person has experienced several traumas, resulting in more severe symptoms, such as mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, and chronic pain.

Effects of Childhood Trauma in ACE Study

Almost two-thirds of the participants reported at least one ACE and over 20 percent reported three or more ACEs. The higher the ACE score, the higher were the participants’ vulnerability to the following conditions:

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Fetal death
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Poor work performance
  • Financial stress
  • Risk for intimate partner violence
  • Multiple sexual partners
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Smoking
  • Suicide attempts
  • Unintended pregnancies
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity
  • Adolescent pregnancy
  • Risk for sexual violence
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Treatment of Trauma

Trauma can be emotional, physical, or environmental, and can range from experiencing a fire to emotional neglect. Healing trauma is like going back in time and feeling what was unexpressed, re-evaluating unhealthy beliefs and decisions, and getting acquainted with missing parts of yourself. Facing what happened is the first step in healing. Many people are in denial of trauma they experienced in childhood, particularly if they grew up in a stable environment. If parents weren’t abusive, but were emotionally unresponsive, you would still experience loneliness, rejection, and shame about yourself and feelings that you may have denied or completely repressed. This is “emotional abandonment”

Re-experiencing, feeling, and talking about what happened are significant parts of the healing process. Another step in recovery is grieving what you’ve lost. Stages of grief include anger, depression, bargaining, sometimes guilt, and finally acceptance. Acceptance doesn’t mean you approve of what happened, but you’re more objective about it without resentment or strong emotions. As you release pent-up emotion from your past, you have more energy and motivation to invest in your future.

In this process, it’s essential – and too often omitted – that you discern false beliefs you may have adopted as a result of the trauma and substitute healthier ones. Usually, these are shame-based beliefs stemming from childhood shaming messages and experiences. Recovery also entails identifying and changing how you relate and talk to yourself that leads to undesirable outcomes and behavior and outcomes.

PTSD and trauma do not resolve on their own. It’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. There are several treatment modalities recommended for healing trauma, including CBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and Exposure Therapy.

Getting Triggered

What we react to – our “triggers”– are unique to our personality and individual history. Think of triggers as wounds – often from past trauma. When we’re triggered, we’re re-experiencing a past injury in present time – similar to a post-traumatic stress reaction. It’s reopening a painful wound that hasn’t had a chance to heal. A sign of being triggered is when our reaction is disproportionate to the present event or not reasonably related to the actual present facts.

Primary triggers are internal, dysfunctional personal beliefs that we learned in childhood. We can trigger ourselves into feeling ashamed if we don’t measure up to standards we’ve adopted for ourselves. We can easily activate our inner critic to ruin our day or our life! Do the steps in 10 Steps to Self-Esteem: The Ultimate Guide to Stop Self-Criticism to quiet your critic and overcome the “tyranny of the should’s.” An example is the belief that we should self-sacrifice for other people. Codependents generally deny or devalue their needs. Given this belief, it thus makes sense to put the needs of others first and feel guilty or ashamed not to. Someone asking for help would thus trigger our automatic offer of assistance, even when that could harm ourselves or be counterproductive to the person asking.

Shame-based beliefs about ourselves can make us vulnerable to being triggered by the words and behavior of others. When we’re criticized, whether or not it’s intentional, we can easily surrender our self-esteem and sense of well-being. A common trigger for codependents is being told they’re “too sensitive,” or “selfish.” Frequently, their parents dismissed their feelings or needs with these shaming labels. However, labels stick, despite the fact that they were said by an insensitive or selfish parent. We can grow up feeling branded for life, even though the judgments were untrue.

In some cases, triggers are signs of danger that preceded an earlier wound. We learned to react to them in order be safe and loved. Sometimes these warnings are helpful, but when applied automatically to a different situation, our reactions can be dysfunctional. This is particularly true when we overreact. Overreactions occur when the intensity and duration of our feelings and/or behavior are disproportionately greater than normal under the present circumstances. We overreact when we’re reminded of an experience we’ve had with someone or something important in our past. They may be hard to recognize in ourselves because we believe our perceptions are accurate, but they’re easy to identify in others. For instance, when a hypervigilant war veteran draws his gun upon hearing the walls creak at night – his behavior is appropriate in a war zone, but not when he’s safe at home.

Similarly, we might appropriately slow down if we see a police car to avoid a speeding ticket, but if our past experience with the police has endangered us or a loved to us, we might attempt to flee, drawing the police’s attention and leading to a serious conviction for reckless driving. An overreaction can bring about exactly what we’re attempting to avoid.

In some cases, overreactions are learned behavior that was modeled by a parent. Some people catastrophize everything, creating constant melodrama and mountains out of molehills. They may have grown up living in a perpetual state of crisis, and although they claim to hate it, they repeatedly recreate their stressful childhood environment.

More common examples of overreactions are: Marge worries that her husband is having an affair when he has to work late. This triggers for her, because her father worked long hours and cheated on her mother. When Marge asks her husband to help with the dishes, he becomes angry that she’s “telling him what to do.” In fact, he’s reacting to his domineering mother from his youth, not his wife. Marge was intimidated by her mother’s anger, so when her husband is angry, she accepts his blame and apologizes, though she did nothing wrong. By doing so, she not only reinforces his erroneous projection, but she also is encouraging his abusive communication.

The first step in healing triggers is being able to identify them, as well as your internal beliefs. Remember that these are wounds, and approach them with compassion and tenderness. Depending upon what the trigger is, healing may involve the stages of grief and/or re-evaluating the context and validity of learned beliefs.

People have different styles of reacting. One person might withdraw, while another attacks. It’s important to identify your reactive behavior and learn to detach rather than react. Then, evaluate the function and effectiveness of your behavior, and experiment with more productive responses. As noted above, both overreactions and dysfunctional reactive styles can contribute to the problem we want to avoid. For example, placating an abuser invites more abuse, while setting effective boundaries diminishes it over time.

With healthy self-esteem and intact boundaries, we’re able to see that another person’s actions and point-of-view are not a reflection on us, but express his or her unique perspective, experience, needs, and feelings. There’s no need to react, only to listen and respond. Once we’re more connected to our real self, we can tolerate differing opinions and even negative feelings about us. We can listen to our own feelings and think about the other person’s words and actions. We can decide whether we agree and whether we’re responsible to the other person. We alone determine what we want to do, if anything, and whether we owe an apology.

When we’re reacting, sometimes anger covers up real hurt or vulnerability, blame may be hiding guilt, and self-blame may be displaced anger we have toward someone else. When we take time to connect to our true self, if we have feelings about what was said, we can respond authentically, which is different from an automatic knee-jerk reaction. We needn’t feel angry just because our partner is, nor guilty because he or she is hurt or upset with us, and we needn’t stop speaking to him or her when we’re being stone-walled. By not reacting, we can relate in a more authentic manner, which invites the same from other people and dramatically changes our interactions with them.

Keep Your Brain Healhty

You have to be aware that the Brain is not alone, it is not a separate unit from your body, it is completely connected to all your organs. It is like the director of the orchestra and is vital to the correct functioning of our body. However the Brain cannot direct properly if the organs are sick or are not present. When that happens additional pressure is put on the Brain and does not have all the resources to work, which then has a negative effect on your Brain function.

We all know how important regular exercise is for our body to work properly as well as our muscles. If you fail to exercise your muscles will atrophy quickly. The same happens with your brain, if you don’t exercise it, it deteriorates and increases your likelihood of experiencing memory loose or dementia.

Brain exercise can be done in different ways, such as doing puzzles or problems that need to be resolved by thinking.

Few nutrients can actually cross the brain and blood barrier. It is the function of your organs to send the right nutrients to it in a way that crosses the blood barrier that can be used to keep your brain nourished. Most of the ingredients in the brain supplement exist to support general health which therefore helps the brain.

Manage Stress Without Stress

  • Seek Social support. A close and healthy relationship with our friends and family keeps us emotionally stable and happy. Talking and sharing about problems with close ones gives us inner strength and guidance.
  • Practicing mindfulness. Whatever activity you do during the day, may it be work, eating or even drinking a glass of water, do it mindfully. This helps us in refraining from negative and intrusive thoughts and also helps us in completing the activity for maximum benefit.
  • Being Optimistic.bBy having a positive outlook towards life, we seek opportunities even in difficulties. It becomes easier to find a way out of difficult phases of life. Along with this acceptance also helps a long way.
  • Revaluating Goals. Many people work so hard to achieve their goals that one day they reach the burnout point and reach to the point of a breakdown. This is not a good thing as we need to be healthy and free enough to reap the benefits of our success. So we need to identify our limits and restructure our expectations and be little gentle on ourselves.
  • So the next time you feel tensed and stressed, remember to take long breaths, count to ten and think about following the above mentioned techniques. Hope they will help!

Stress Management depends on several factors and is not based on one parameter. Hence managing stress involves a diverse set of techniques which if implemented will give significant decrease in present stress levels. I hope this article proves out to be helpful.

Train Your Brain to Be Happy

“Sometimes, the mind tends to go off in its own way so that it seems to have no relevance or connectivity to the physical world. At the same time, we feel that our materialistic life can be so captivating that we forget about the real purpose of our life.

From the very beginning of our childhood, most of us have heard, that health is wealth and so we take all sorts of steps to keep ourselves and our body in a healthy and fit condition. Even though we know that our body is perishable.

At times, we think that the root cause of our unhappiness/anger/ lies in how we look. But how we look is just a small piece of the mystery in achieving true fitness. But the outward appearance doesn’t guarantee that you will find peace and happiness within yourself. So achieving mental fitness is important as our physical fitness.

Each component affects each other. Our mind affects our body. Our body affects our mind. Our spirit affects our body and mind at large. If we change our perception, our feelings then our actions will be affected. So it is vital to explore and achieve happiness for healthy body mind and soul. Most of us take measures to keep ourselves fit and healthy in body, but forgot to focus on the fitness of our mind and soul. Therefore, achieving mental fitness is just as important as achieving physical fitness.

Mind, Body and Soul connection

These three are interconnected to each other. So making a harmony between the mind, body and soul is believed to be the ultimate key to happiness and fit body. Let’s see how?

The Body: The physical body is designed in such way that it helps in communicating its dislikes, perception and requirements. Our actions are directed towards fulfilling our need and desire which is highlighted by the sense of taste, sight, touch, hearing, and smell.

The disease generally occurs when both of these combinations (mind body and soul ) are not working in harmony. But without the connection of soul and the mind, the body is totally useless.

The Mind: The mind is the center and the base of every spiritual body and soul. However, certain areas of the mind are governed by will, intellect reason and through emotions. Thus, to make your mind and body healthy, these areas must be fed properly. This can be achieved through yoga, listening music and meditation. It is also vital to cleanse your mind and relax your life and soul as soon as possible. Our feelings may materialize sometimes so it is important to have positive mindsets during our troublesome phase of our lives.

The Soul: The soul dwells inside of the physical body. It is made up of your inner strength of mind. The soul remains long after your body is gone. The soul is the core of our being. We can never be happy by suppressing our inner spirit and our soul. So it is very necessary to keep your soul free and happy for longer life. Being happy generally means searching happiness, contentment, and satisfaction so that your life becomes meaningful.

Here are some of the requisites elements that help you to know and improve your fitness to make your soul happier.

Body’s Systems need meditation

The mind, body and heart, can improve with regular meditation. Our minds are always racing, and we constantly seek something or the other to meet our needs and desires. Meditation has been recognized as an excellent practice that helps in being mentally stronger, physically better and ready to work. It also helps in making your mind and body more disciplined and courageous.

Travelling Makes You Healthier

Traveling helps a lot in changing your mood and exploring new places, cultures. It also helps to relax our mind from daily works and provides us an opportunity to see the world and different cultures. It lets us understand and experience the life in different ways. Some of the benefits of traveling are:

• Traveling helps in giving a relief from our daily routine.
• Traveling also improves our knowledge and enhance our viewpoint.
• New experiences also increase our imagination.
• Traveling also creates memories for a lifetime.

Music for your Health

Music has been used for the purpose of spiritual healing for thousands of years. It is the main source of entertainment in every culture and civilization. But now new research shows that listening to music can lift your mood and lead to a greater support of life.

There’s no doubt that listening music have the power that can instantly put you in a good mood. But scientists have found that music can uplift your inner spirits. Music therapy is now believed as effective and best form of traditional therapy to heal mood disorders or adults with depression.

Advantage of having a Pet

A pet no doubt a great friend. Research has shown that living with pets provides certain health advantage. Pets help a lot in lowering the blood pressure and removing the anxiety. They boost our immunity.

Some of the greatest impact of keeping pets on physical health are beating stress, lowers blood pressure, improves mood, enhance physical activity, lowers cholesterol, remove the fear of loneliness and eases pain.

Common Foods That Are Making Sad

  • Coffee. Sure it tastes great and gives us that excellent boost of energy in the morning but that’s not all coffee does to us. Studies have shown that coffee can have long-lasting negative effects on the brain. One study was conducted among college students both average and high coffee consumers, and they all scored high on a depression scale in comparison to those who consumed coffee way less. Taking precaution and drinking coffee in moderation, can greatly decrease your chances of developing depression in the long-run.
  • Fries. Like most fried foods out there fries contain artificial trans fats. During manufacturing, fries go through a process that involves hydrogenated oils which can contribute to depression. Adding olive oil to your diet can prove much safer for your overall health and well-being, as it can help lower your risk of depression by 30%.
  • Diet Soda. You can’t actually lose weight from diet soda but you can become depressed from it. Diet soda contains the ingredient aspartame which is an artificial sweetener. Aspartame is comprised of 3 chemicals: phenylalaline, asparatic acid, and menthanol which are all very dangerous. When consumed, aspartame can cause phenylalaline levels in the blood to increase (which can be found in significant areas of the brain) thus decreasing serotonin levels in the brain. This can lead to emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Clearest Sign of Mental Health

What is the clearest sign of mental health? Insight.

It’s like being in mental health inpatient facility. The main indicator psychiatrists are looking for. Can the person perceive reality? Are they delusional? Is there grandeur? Of course, the purpose for admitting people to these hospitals is to give them time and treatment to come back to reality – to receive insight.

It’s a scary individual that does not have insight. Yet, the narcissist is one who seems fine – until you get close to them – but has a major lack of insight. They cannot see a single fault within themselves. And they may only ultimately agree they have something to change when they see there is some advantage coming to them for appearing humble.

Now, this is dangerous; to see yourself as unequivocally superior to others is bad for everyone. You cannot be corrected when you need to be, and others are not acknowledged for the goodness and attributes they have.

The person who has insight, however, sees the faults inside themselves, and they have copious humility to be able to see the wrong, the error, the mistakes they make; that we all make from time to time. They’re not fearful of exposure because they see what is wrong and they see that it is straightforward to attend to it and fix it.

There’s the paradox in all its glory: the one who thinks they’re perfect is unimaginably dangerously imperfect, because they cannot see their fault, yet the one who sees their imperfections might as well be perfect, for human intents and purposes.

If you want to know if you’re healthy, do you have the capacity for honesty?

Can you see what you need to be able to see? Not just for yourself, but for others, too.

Now, we can see that there are maladies of anxiety and depression that express themselves in many ways, but do not manifest in a lack of honesty. Comparatively, mental health is less of an issue, even if there is a lot of pain the person must wrestle with. This is not to say that their mental ill-health is any less important. Indeed, many times people can suffer mental ill-health because someone close to them has had narcissistic impact on them.

People who suffer depression and anxiety can often still have good relationships. Even with comparative mental ill-health they may often operate in such a way that others are benefactors relationally. They may often find ways of loving well despite what they suffer, which is an incredibly inspiring reality.

We see here that good mental health is not just about the struggles we have living our lives; it’s also how we treat other people. A mental health that impacts negatively on other people is of grave concern, because of how people can be damaged. Of course, there is, on the other hand, also the matter of how suicide damages those left behind. That can never be understated.

Or, perhaps we can see it this way: the person who may have no pain but has troubled relationships, and indeed may appear to be happy, even powerful, may be more mentally ill than the person who endures much pain but who serves and loves others to the end of good relationships.