Throughout life, we come to many crossroads. Each road leads us down an uncertain path. Where these paths lead remains a mystery until we reach their destination. Some paths are smooth, paved roads. Others look appealing with many attractions along the road. Some other paths are rugged, beat-up, and worn-out ruts. Some are straight, some are winding. Each path requires us to decide whether we will follow it or not. In the end, we can easily get overwhelmed by the number of decisions we have to make, never really knowing for sure where our decisions will take us.
Sometimes we sit at the crossroads, analyzing the possibilities ad nauseum, hardly daring to choose in case we make the wrong choice. Sometimes we follow a path recklessly because of all the promise, fun, or pleasures we think we’ll get out of it, only to realize down the road that it was a bad decision… then we feel lost. Occasionally, we feel grateful, seeing the many blessings that came to us as a result of that decision.
So what does this have to do with mental health care? Simple. The purpose of mental health care is to have clear focus of where we are going and what we are doing. The healthy mind doesn’t worry or fret about the small cares of life. It is willing to let go of the small things for the sake of the ultimate goal. It won’t go down paths that lead it astray from its goal, no matter how tempting or easy some paths may seem.
So how do you know which path is better? Follow your conscience. Our conscience is our God-given compass to make the right decisions in life. Our conscience will point us in the direction of what is righteous. Morality is essential to a healthy mind, and it overlaps both mental and spiritual care.
Nevertheless, despite our best efforts to do what is right, we often find ourselves in a mental fog due to exhaustion and poor self-care, which makes it difficult to make the right choices. In a nutshell, here’s my two cents on proper mental health care: limit multi-tasking to a minimum, limit the flow of information your mind has to process, give yourselves short mental breaks during the day and especially a nice long one in the evening before bed where you completely disconnect from all your cares and worries. It sounds simple, and it is, but it requires discipline to be able to maintain proper mental health care.
Be a light to your world today!