Mental health is very complex. There are many factors that contribute to deteriorating mental health. Lifestyle is extremely important, but it’s not just about avoiding alcohol or drugs, exercising, eating healthy and taking your medications as prescribed (if you are taking medications in the first place). One of the most important factors to maintaining sound mental health is your outlook, “The future will be better than yesterday!”
Your outlook is half the battle to maintaining sound mental health and even further improving it. Pessimistic people experience mental health problems because their outlook is negative. They view the present and the future as obstacles that are contributing to their negative emotions, when in reality, it’s their outlook that’s contributing to their negative emotions.
The tricky thing with one’s outlook is that it has a tendency to remain rigidly fixed if not corrected early enough. If you don’t have someone who can nicely tell you, “Hey man, the way you view things is a little off”, then there’s a good chance that you’ll continue viewing the world through a negative lens.
You need trustworthy people who can point out to you what you’re doing wrong in life. Many people have great careers, families and even wealth, but are still suffering on the inside because of their outlook. Sure, their past outlook brought them their current success, but they are now unhappy because of their poor outlook.
Just because someone has wealth does not mean that they are happy. Your outlook has a lot to do with how happy you are. It determines how you view yourself in the world. It’s one of the easiest things to change, but also one of the hardest for many people. But what can be assured is that if you start changing your outlook today, and start believing that the future will be better than yesterday, things will start to line up nicely for you!
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)