Mental Health ToolBox: Living Well, Being Well, Doing Well and EVEN Loving Well
Living Well, Being Well, Doing Well and EVEN Loving Well–all depend on our Mental Health Wellness Toolbox. What is a “Mental Health Wellness Toolbox” or “Wellness Tools”? Simply put, the tools and techniques we have at our disposal to handle emotionally traumatic events in our day-to-day lives. It can be anything from cognitive therapy tools to actual physical tools such as paintbrushes for art therapy and/or your favorite music you listen to help calm the stress.
“The purpose of the mental health wellness toolbox is to provide you with ‘healthy tools’ that you can use to stay well, be well, do well, love well, and survive”…Our mental health experience.
While I poke fun at the idea of having the wrong type of “wellness tools” in the cartoon above…with the “wellness toolbox” filled with a wrench, shovel, brass knuckles, tire iron, duct tape, hammer and a bat…Problems can persist that we may have the wrong type of wellness/healthy tools in our personal “tool box.”
If this is the case, we need to take an inventory of our own personal toolbox to categorize what we need in handling different situations both figuratively and true- to-life scenarios.
For example, let’s say someone cuts you off while you’re driving on the highway…Instead of letting road rage foul up your mind and actions, with Wellness tools we can stop this negative thinking by simply counting to ten. Then follow them home and scratch that paint with your keys. So yes, keys would be a good thing to have in your toolbox.
One other example, you’re in line at the checkout counter and you forgot the one thing that you came to the store to get. Instead of getting all negative about how you forgot the one thing you came in the store to get, stop this negative thinking by simply taking five deep breaths in and out, then blame whoever is next to you or just blame your wife that it’s her fault that you forgot something. It works every time and will help you: Live well, be well, do well and EVEN love well.
Well, as long as you don’t have the wellness toolbox like mine.
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Stewart, C. (2013). Mental Health ToolBox: Living Well, Being Well, Doing Well and EVEN Loving Well. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 30, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2013/06/mental-health-wellness-toolbox/