There’s an impatience in our lives. We’re technologically connected at the hip, (blue)tooth and thumbs. We can update our information on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to let those in our circle know instantly what or how we are doing. So where’s the pixie dust and magic want to make mental health issues improve instantaneously? In the words of the Beatles, you say you want a revolution?
Changes in mental health typically do not occur overnight. I suppose there are some exceptions, but true change is more likely to be evolutionary than revolutionary. That means that we can benefit from being patient and deliberate in our pursuit of mental health change. Perhaps an applicable analogy is that we are our best guinea pigs for our own research – – we try something new (like getting more sleep at night, taking a mindful walk on a daily basis, or opening up to a trusted person) and observe over time if that helps. If it does, then keep doing it. If it doesn’t, then we try something else new that might be helpful. The evolution of the improved and happier you will emerge in time, yet it may emerge along a timeline that is longer than that which you wanted. Be patient, as only when we continue to work on building our foundation and working daily on these practices that enhance our mental health do we reap the long-term benefits.