True healing comes from within. Although medication can be helpful, it is only a partial fix. Life changes are important, as well. Seth Gillihan of Psychology Today, writes that medication can support the body’s natural healing processes, but works best when prescribed only if necessary and only as long as necessary.
Meaningful connections are important to healing too. Seth concludes that meaningful connections include, recognizing the importance of family and community, connecting to the natural world we are a part of, and acknowledging that we are “governed by meaning”. Keeping the well-being of those we care about in mind, also creates purpose and meaning. Yet, despite all the ways that we have available to connect with others we can still feel disconnected.
It is important to take a break from our busy lives in order to have time to heal. Many people feel the need to be constantly productive instead of making time for themselves. There are different ways we can make room to pause such as blocking off non-work hours, participating in religious practices, focusing on personal relationships, reading meaningful texts, exercise and practicing yoga, etc.
Technology can also contribute to a loss of connection with our surroundings resulting in emotional and mental disassociation. Limiting screen time endeavors us pay attention to ourselves, the world we live in and the people we care about the most. Leaving your phone at home or in your bag when running errands can aid positive change. Engaging in outdoor activity, such as taking a walk can keep you in touch with the natural world.
Nutrition also affects psychological health. Nourishing your body can help reduce anxiety and depressive symptoms. Changing your diet is one way we can nourish our brain and body. A balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, fish, healthy fats, etc. can be great for most people. Figuring out a diet that works can make a difference in your mind, brain and body.
By Thavary Mam