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This Is How It Would Be Like If Physical Diseases Were Treated Like Mental Illnesses

This Is How It Would Be Like If Physical Diseases Were Treated Like Mental Illnesses

According to WHO, mental illnesses affect one in four people today. Despite this terrifying statistics, it seems that the general public still tend to take physical diseases more seriously than mental illnesses. The possible reason may be that we can actually see the wounds or symptoms of physical diseases, while for mental illness, things can be elusive at times. But, just because everything seems to be fine on the surface, it doesn’t mean that the sufferers of mental illnesses aren’t going through a great amount of pain. Keep in mind that mental illnesses can happen to anyone, no matter how optimistic or joyful they look.

Mental illness mistreatment

One of the most widely spread misconceptions about people suffering from mental illnesses is that they lack the willpower to overcome their problems. This is as inconsiderate as telling the person who is on life support to get up, as is brilliantly portrayed in the comic Helpful advice by Robot Hugs.

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    By giving advice based on wrong assumptions, we are actually doing more harm than good. It makes the people suffering from mental illness to feel no one understands their struggle. So, in order to not seem too dramatic, or be a burden to their closest ones, they tend to withdraw even more and suffer in silence.

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    Another common wrong preconception about mental illnesses is that they manifest themselves in the same known way and that all sufferers behave in a socially unacceptable way and are completely dysfunctional. With many high functional types of the diseases, it is becoming even more difficult for family members, partners, co-workers and friends to recognize any symptoms, which lessens the chances for proper and timely treatment.

    How we can offer help

    Now, that we have new insights about the diseases, we should seek new ways to help the distressed. Scientists are proving that isolated mental facilities are not increasing chances for recovery, which gives smaller communities a chance to help in prevention and treatment alike.

    This means that families and people closest to the patient can now have a major role in the recovery process. We should take the time to truly understand a person’s challenges without any assumptions and talk to them in a loving and compassionate manner, making them feel safe and supported. Professional help is required in most cases, yet the support a patient gets from family and friends along with the therapy is crucial for the recovery. It is also extremely important to make them feel a part of the team/family/community by including them in activities of their choice.

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    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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