What massively improved your mental health?
For many of us, mental health is a delicate balancing act, especially in times of stress. It is important to recognize the factors that affect our mental health and take steps to improve it. One factor that has massively improved the mental health of some individuals is the realization that they are not responsible for the emotions of others.
Many of us have been raised with the belief that we are responsible for the happiness of those around us. This belief often leads to feelings of guilt and self-blame when someone we care about feels unhappy or upset. This can lead to a cycle of negative thoughts and emotions that can take a toll on our mental health.
However, realizing that in most instances, we are not responsible for the feelings of others can be a game-changer. This understanding takes a lot of self-blame off our shoulders and helps us focus on taking care of our own mental health.
For example, if you are a single adult and your mom wants you to get married, but you have no desire to do so, you may feel guilty and responsible for her feelings. However, understanding that this is your choice and you don’t have to carry the burden of her feelings can be liberating and immensely helpful for your mental health.
Similarly, in a relationship, if your partner had a bad day and comes home upset and distraught, instead of blaming yourself for their emotions, you can help them through it to the best of your ability and support them. However, you don’t have to carry the burden of their feelings.