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There should be no shame in asking for help, the shame is when we need help and cannot ask for it for fear of social outcast and abandonment.
Our entire being depends solely upon our minds. If it weren't for our mind to send signals to our body when we are exposed to extremely hot temperatures for instance, then we could virtually disintegrate into ashes. And how could we walk, talk, eat and breathe if this magnificent brain failed to send the correct signals?
But, indeed this same mind does have the capability to send wrong information if it is not feeling well, therefore at these times it cannot operate properly. Our bodies suffer at times with stomach ulcers, heart disease, headaches, neck and shoulder pains, partly due to the poor condition of our mental health when our minds are stressed out or otherwise ill.
"Poor mental health" is the phrase that I choose to use because that is exactly where some of our average physical discomforts originate from. In fact we all have bouts of poor mental health during times of grief like losing a loved one, which sometimes results in poor physical health due to the stress that we are under. An argument with someone we deeply care about might cause us to become sad, lose our appetite, experience a heavy beating in our chest or cause us to have headaches and other physical pains. Think of it as a "mental viral domino effect".
An example of how this domino effect is triggered is negative intake such as an employment rejection. This may be the third application that you've submitted, only to be rejected again. The bills are piling up while the funds are dwindling down. You're facing foreclosure on your home soon and you see no light at the end of the tunnel and chances are good that you have already fallen into a deep depression.
This may cause fatigue, a loss of appetite and sleeping too much. Your nerves are on edge and every noise that your children make infuriates you, causing you lose your cool more quickly than you normally would.
Your body has already begun to suffer with lack of exercise, the wrong diet and different sleeping patterns and as a result of the body feeling weaker and your deepening even further, making your body even more ill as well.
This cycle can go on and on until you think you can't handle anymore. But, suddenly the phone rings and upon answering, you hear the voice of that forth employer with instructions of when to come to work.
In a matter of minutes your body begins to rejuvenate with adrenaline rushing through your veins, pumping energy that you did not even have ten minutes ago. You're suddenly famished and as you slide out of your grunges and prepare to go out on the town to celebrate, the kids are even welcomed into the room to cheer for your success. What happened? You did nothing physically different but you feel so much better!
Ah, it was your mind that got the healing power! We all experience poor mental health at different times of our lives so remember that you have nothing to be ashamed of when your mind needs a healthy dose of TLC. The shame is that we suffer alone in silence with major mental discomfort because of the stigma that has been placed on mental issues by our society.
Why would we brand such a marvelous, important part of our body as taboo when it is ill, when we should really be nurturing this troubled mind back to health? But have no fear, there is help available for those who are suffering with confusion, and other mental discomforts and feel that there is no way out of a life in torment.