The Three Pillars of Mental Health

To build up a healthy foundation for your mental health, there are three pillars to focus on. This is because researchers have realized that your mental health is just as important for your daily life as your physical health. We may not always think that our mental health suffers from many outside factors, however, daily stress, routine activities, and unresolved emotion can all affect your mental health without you knowing. The three pillars are mental flexibility, mindfulness, and resilience. Each of these needs to be recognized and properly regulated in order to help achieve positive goals within mental health.

Mental flexibility is your mind's ability to adjust to different situations. This could mean your ability to think positively in a negative situation or your willingness to change your thought processes to be less self-destructive. The ability for the human mind to adapt is immense making this available for humans to do, however, it is not always easy. Learning how to reframe your thoughts and cognitions can take a lot of training and self-discipline. This flexibility can help you achieve mental wellness.

Mindfulness is a tactic used by many to help achieve mental wellness because it aids in self exploration and living in the moment. This can be used by allowing yourself to be fully immersed in what you are doing instead of letting your thoughts roll away with an experience. You can also practice mindfulness by meditating or grounding yourself within nature. Mindfulness can also help you achieve Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of self-actualization in which you have reached the point of potential fulfillment within your life.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficult situations. As humans it is normal for us to hold onto certain events in our lives, however, this can become a problem when it creates maladaptive behaviors within our lives. For example, someone who has been diagnosed with PTSD may have a harder time thinking through trauma than others. This doesn't mean individuals with PTSD are not resilient, it means these individuals may need to work through their trauma continuously to build up resiliency.

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