Mental Wellness in a Noisy World
It may be surprising to know that there are a lot of people who have worked hard on themselves in changing what does not feel good or does not provide joy in their lifestyle.
In healthcare, they say that there are things we cannot change, such as our racial makeup and our age, We can have some dispositions due to these. Heredity can pass on certain traits, good and bad. Aging brings about the growth and then the decline of the human body.
For many of us who were raised in a watchful and caring community or village, we were able to run around outside as kids, play and make up games, laugh, and really had fun. We had plenty of carefree moments. We were safe.
We did not think about the future world where we were going to be told to hate other people or that we have to be filthy rich to be considered a success.
This brings us to some things that we can change or manage - our environment.
It is difficult to comprehend by those who grew up feeling safe that there are places where children are born into hunger, abuse, labor, crime, drugs, chains, entertainment, and human trafficking. This is their normal daily existence under their adult and peer overseers, whose positions they will fill one day as well.
The future of individuals from both environments will clash.
The privileged and the poor will blame each other if they cannot keep or have the stability of a good environment.
This cycle happens in every country. Again, it is hard to believe that there are other places -- where the same scenario happens. People only think of themselves and their immediate surroundings, which is all they have known and are comfortable with. It is too scary to try to live in the other people's way of life.
But, sometimes a person who had the privilege of growing up feeling safe will make choices that will lead to abuse and poverty. A person who grew up in an abusive situation will make choices that will lead to hustling some opportunities and be able to leave to find happiness with a loving friend.
This overview of opposing environments is also happening in the minds of people. Everyday, the mind takes in so much information, processing and analyzing, listening to the arguments of pros and cons of every issue that is shown at work, at home, on social media, in the news, on fast food boxes, radio, on the streets; it must decide who the enemy is and who to make the ruler over the land or which CEO to attack. The mind is learning, or is being taught by the changing noise of its environment. The individual might get mentally disturbed and knows that it must make the noise stop to keep their sanity. There are positive methods and there are negative ways to get this done.
The negatives can lead to mental breakdown, loneliness, hopelessness, depression, blaming, hating, violence, alcoholism, drug addiction, wandering and homelessness.
The noise intensifies instead of stopping because it is being replaced by worse noise.
The positive approach can include learning to let go of negative thoughts, finding the good points in an uncomfortable situation, appreciation of nature, and truly enjoying being in the company of a kind person.
There are many ways to address the noisy world. It takes courage to admit that something feels wrong and decide to take steps to change the mental environment.
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