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Using the Force to Battle Mental Ailments


Okay. Perhaps the force is somewhat of an exaggeration. If we can’t have any fun while recovering from mental ailments though, it's going to be a long haul. Right?

In the Star Wars movie series, the power of the force or invisible energy field used by the Jedi Knights is bound in the midi-chlorians  —  microscopic organisms residing inside living cells. Without learning to harness the mysterious lifeforms, the force can not be wielded.

Taking Steps

The same concept can be applied to mental well-being. When seeking to become mentally balanced and physical health is generally poor, then be ready to chase your tail  —  a dead-end is coming. Take into account the following points.

  • Diet

Consider someone who is generally successful, balanced, and happy with their occupation. A few months pass by while failing to care for themselves. They eat junk food, reduce water intake, and lose sleep. The routine will induce a physical toll on the person, spilling over into the mental well-being domain  —  causing anxiety, depression, and a slew of other potential ailments.

If it’s possible for generally healthy people to become afflicted with mental ailments by poor choices, then it will especially hinder the recovery of those who have been diagnosed with mental health issues. Diet is not the only physical paradigm affecting mental health, however.

  • Physical Problems
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Chronic physical pain can also hinder mental health, aside from squashing hope. Prolonged physical suffering will generally wear people down  —  again, even more so for those with diagnosed mental illnesses. Sometimes the problems are easily treatable, but sometimes they aren't. They should be dealt with whenever possible, however.

Physical problems can be indirect and hard to mitigate. For example, a spinal injury making it difficult to get comfortable while sleeping will eventually lead to sleep deprivation  —  in turn leading to misery. Patience is a determining factor in finding a solution to a disability of this type.

Another example is the delayed treatment of prostatitis and various other common urinary tract problems — resulting in pelvic and lower back pain. Not only can it cause frequent urges to use the restroom, but the overall discomfort reduces the quality of life. In a sense, it can increase anxiety as well  —  when there is something physically wrong and it goes untreated, worry can set in.

Use the Force!

When feasible, get restful sleep, stop eating unhealthy food, and resolve physical problems. Consulting with doctors can also help kickstart recovery from mental ailments — they might even deem certain medications necessary. In general, take care of the obvious and consult professionals when needed. Unleash the power of the force for improving mental well-being!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2022 Dan Martino

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