Why are my spouse and I constantly fighting about the same issues? How can I lead my team and organization successfully out of this global pandemic? How do we support our child who is experiencing bullying at school?
The media often wrongly assumes that mental health challenges are on the rise. Rather, they are now more likely to be reported and acknowledged. We all struggle with mental health, as we all struggle with physical health. Whether it is dealing with daily stress, coming to terms with traumatic experiences from our childhood, or managing our worries about the future, mental health challenges are commonplace for us all.
Yet how we respond to the stressors in our lives that impact our mental health, will distinguish those who succumb to their trials, and those who remain resilient. It is important to note that during the different phases and cycles throughout our lives, we will feel stronger to handle challenges, and at times, feel weaker. Although endurance is key, it may not always be picturesque. This is both acceptable and normal. What is important is to understand that pathways to stress always hold exit ramps at intermittent points, allowing us to resolve the cycle of conflict, through choice and self-awareness. A few of these opportunities to resolve conflict at critical junctures, are outlined below.
Note however, that your stressors may require the intervention of a counsellor or doctor and may go beyond these suggestions outlined below.
Choice and mental health intersect at three junctures:
It is possible to train ourselves to choose effective methods that can alleviate some of the stressors that beget mental health challenges. The power of choice will always produce results, when they are made with self-awareness. While the mental health challenges we face are not always a choice, our desire to resolve and health them, are always within our grasp.