An altered state of consciousness is scattered through out our day.
Some people regulate their mental health with a day off.
Others, do it in less obvious ways: go for coffee, go for a run, stay inside on a rainy day, go out at night, do exercise or a combo of all the above.
To lose our mental health can seem outrageous.
Generally, we go see our GP who will refer us to a mental health specialist.
In the hospital emergency, we may feel we are loosing our minds, or may do harm to ourselves or others.
At this crisis level, we are sent to the emergency and become temporarily secured for further treatment.
If someone wants to confine us, it is for a good reason, and we are released on our own or with some restrictions.
It is frightening to loose control with a mental health problem, but rarely is it so chronic that we need to be in long term treatment.
Today, a new kind of therapy with psychedelics are being explored and tested by our best science and institutions.
Perhaps, we will have a pill and a therapist to ‘take us on a trip’ to relieve our mental stress or problem.
Until then, it is important to become educated on how to prevent and maintain our mental health.
It is good to plan for a mental health appointment with your GP, learn about going to the emergency when having a severe mental health problem, and to stay informed about our mental health.
We already keep journals and diaries, talk to friends and family and we can ‘google it’.
There is probably more we can do to maintain our mental health.