Archive for the ‘Mental Hygiene’ Category

Practice Forms of Mental Hygiene

Friday, April 10th, 2009

In the 19th century, many psychiatrists and psychologists emphasized the importance of mental health attitudes and practices. They coined the term “mental hygiene” for making the brain function more efficiently. Although there have been changes to the ways of practicing mental hygiene the concept is still good.

One way to change attitude is to stay physically and mentally active. Inactivity leads to boredom which can lead to depression. Many times people stay focused on being perfect, or perfectionism. They take everything too seriously. There are many things which need to be taken seriously but often we take seriously things that are not life threatening.

Back in my dating years I had mothers of girls I dated telling me I took life too seriously. Unfortunately it took me many years to realize this and make changes. Our level of stress rises when we dwell on supposed or real problems. And as I said in an earlier blog most of our illnesses come from stress.

Since the brain can keep only one thought at a time in the foreground of consciousness, it’s important to emphasize the positive. As the old song goes: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive”.