Mental Health is evolved from several different components. Mental Health is made up of a sense of contentment, physical well-being, relationships, healthy stress management, managed genetic-biochemical influences, a healthy sense of purpose and personal control.
In the news recently, there has been discussion about how sexual assault - a trauma - had a lifetime influence on an individual. How does an individual deal with a trauma that has been identified as shameful? How does one heal when the trauma interferes with one's sense of purpose, safety, personal control, relationships and can impact stress management?
It has been identified that when one does not deal with a painful experience or a negative impact in one's life, then it becomes a toxic influence on one's life. Often, we can separate out the trauma, and close off the experience where it does not influence our everyday life. But often, triggers and experiences throughout life, as well as stressors impact one's ability to keep the toxic influence 'in secret'. At some point, and often in an unexpected way, the toxic influence starts to affect one's relationships, mental well-being, sense of purpose and stress management. Through therapy, the individual can begin to understand the toxic influence, make sense of it and begin to reduce it's negative influence on one's life.
Mental health is more than dealing with stress and having good genes. It is also about dealing with trauma, and understanding how toxic influences can control us instead of us controlling them.
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May you bloom and grow.