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Can I Become Mentally Stable? 

We hear a lot about mental health, yet rarely do we stop and think about what it means. We typically think of mental health as having a good state of mind and being happy. 

While mental health does involve those aspects, it is more than just a state of mind. Mental health is just as important, if not more than our physical health. Mental health involves how we deal with stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other mental illnesses; and how it affects our everyday life. 

A mental health disorder interferes with your day-to-day functioning and is a form of illness that affects your mood, thoughts, and behavior. 

It can cause persistent feelings of distress, sadness, or hopelessness. Mental health disorders can affect anyone, at any time and at any age. Everyone experiences mental health issues to some degree, and often, without help, mental health issues can severely affect our lives.

When we talk about being “mentally stable,” the plain meaning of this word is a person whose mental health is in a stable state. We’re really talking about an individual’s ability to manage their emotions. 

Mentally stable individuals don’t tend to act on their emotions in inappropriate ways or act out in abnormal ways. They are those types of people that aren’t prone to extreme mood swings or erratic behavior, and mentally unstable people can be easily upset or easily angered, and they often engage in potentially harmful behaviors, such as lashing out violently or self-harming.

The desire for mental stability is natural. People love the thought of being mentally healthy and in control of their thoughts and emotions.

Most of us know the feeling of the rubber band being stretched over time—the tension at first and then eventually much less until the rubber band is loose enough to become nothing more than a piece of plastic with no tensile strength. 

However, a rubber band occasionally doesn’t get stretched enough and snaps. It’s never a good thing, but it happens. And some people go on to live normal, lucid lives (at least by normal standards) just months after their mental collapse. So, is it possible to become mentally stable again? For some, the answer is yes. And for others, no.

We live in a fast-paced world where it seems as if there’s always something going on, or something to worry about. 

It seems like there are never enough hours in the day to do the things we want to do, and our work becomes our only time. We lose ourselves in our careers and forget to take care of ourselves. And despite the stress, the rush, and the worries, it can sometimes feel impossible to control our thoughts, anxiety, and stress.

When it comes to stress, one of the suggestions is to meditate. Meditation can help calm the body and mind. 

Meditation serves as a useful tool in stress management, helping the mind focus on one thing, decreasing tension, and providing relief. If you have ever been to a museum, you have probably seen this in action. While looking at a painting or statue, your mind tends to wander. However, if you take your gaze off work and place it on the object in front of you, your mind starts to refocus.

Suppose you aren’t interested in trying out meditation. In that case, there are also innovative treatments available today that can help you become mentally stable, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and motivational interviewing. All of these treatments have proven to be some of the most effective.

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