In therapy sessions, misconceptions about mental health surface frequently, revealing a prevalent belief that good mental health equates to a life without problems. It’s surprising how ingrained this perception is among many.

In this article I would like to delve deeper into the 3 most common misconceptions about mental health, hoping to lead to a better understanding of what good mental health actually is.

Myth #1: Good Mental Health = Problem-Free Existence

Contrary to popular belief, the World Health Organization asserts that good mental health isn’t the absence of challenges. It embodies:

  • Coping with Stress: The ability to navigate and manage stressful situations effectively.
  • Learning and Productivity: Capacity to acquire new knowledge and remain productive.
  • Contribution to Work and Community: Engaging constructively within professional and communal realms.

Myth #2: “Fake it until you make it”

In therapy, clients often express reliance on suppressing emotions as a coping mechanism. Historically, this suppression of emotions was a survival strategy, shielding us from perceived weaknesses in the face of adversaries.

Psychoeducation within therapy unveils two truths about emotional suppression:

  1. Temporary Relief: Emotion suppression can offer temporary relief, providing a pause to address feelings later when conditions are more conducive.
  2. Changing Perspectives: Contemporary lifestyles don’t typically involve imminent threats to survival. Acknowledging vulnerability or not feeling one’s best on certain days is increasingly accepted.

Therapy focuses on empowering individuals to recognize the most effective strategies to process emotions. This processing, though challenging, fosters resilience, courage, and growth.

Myth #3: Self-Care Solely for Tough Days

A common misconception surrounds self-care, often seen as a tool reserved for difficult days. In therapy, collaboration with your therapist to establish a personalized self-care routine proves paramount.

Integrating self-care into daily routines builds resilience, preparing individuals to confront future stressors. Consistency in self-care routines fosters stability even during turbulent circumstances.

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