Person to Person: How To Protect Your Mental Health

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) How do we exacerbate our personal stress? Three therapists take a look at how you can monitor what’s going on inside and how you can maintain some calm.

Tribune News Service

Do you ever wonder why certain individuals crash and have a mental breakdown? They might commit a crime such as robbery, commit suicide, or commit a mass shooting. They are human, so upon taking a closer look, we might wonder: Are they really any different from the rest of us? What changed in their emotions and flipped a switch?

Any of us can be pushed to the limit. And, at one time or another, life generally does push most of us to the breaking point.

We may lose control over what is happening in our families, our finances, our jobs or in our communities.

The only control we have is figuring out a few areas in which we can steady ourselves. This way, we protect our mental health to the largest degree we can.

Let’s take a look at how we exacerbate our personal stress. It helps to monitor what’s going on deep inside.

These tips can help you maintain some calm:

-Stop doing anything to excess. When we overeat, abuse alcohol, overwork, criticize others too much, or spend too much time sleeping, we upset the balance of our lives.

-Don’t try too hard to change other people. Most of us can get very, very upset thinking about the weird behaviors of people we know. While we shouldn’t allow people to hurt us, we’d be better off just accepting them the way they are. Then, we can manage ourselves accordingly.

-Limit how much bad news you watch. Staying glued to the TV can create bad feelings. While we want to have compassion for others, we have to be careful we don’t take in too much gloom and doom.

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