It’s topical at the moment, the idea of taking responsibility for our own choices and health. This is far from a new idea however. We have always been responsible for our own decisions, after all, it is to us and those close to us that the consequences of those decisions come.
Before I over-simplify, it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge the complexity of personal accountability. We are all influenced by all the systems of which we are a part - our family, our workplace, our friendship groups, our community, social media, the political and cultural climates in which we exist...it is a complex and multi-layered web that both enables and constricts us.
Focusing on mental health, it’s important to be clear about what helps, and hinders your well-being. While there are things in life we need to do that we might not wish to, there is also the opportunity to approach these with a healthy mindset. We can enrich life with activities and downtime that we find energising, inspiring, releasing, calming or whatever else it is we need them to be.
We are all different, what we enjoy, need and want is individual. So long as you are building in space, play and stimulation in ways that are meaningful for you, that’s what matters.
What’s the stand out part of your routine that most supports your mental health?