Why it's not about being 'bad enough'

We look at the rationale for why we could all benefit from techniques

Ever felt like the world's spinning a bit too fast, the problems piling up a bit too high, yet you've got no 'real' issues to justify seeking mental health support? 

Life happens

First things first, let's accept a universal truth: life can sometimes be a bitch. Whether it’s work, difficult relationships, climate change, the unexpected pandemic leaving us lonely or just managing our day to day finances. Sometimes - there’s just a lot. Yet despite this, we often act like we’re supposed to get on with it. Just keep plodding on with the daily grind as they say.

We tend to only get support when we’re ‘really bad’

Good ol’ British stoicism means that as a society we’re often used to not reaching out for help or speaking to a doctor until we’re ‘really bad’. And if feels like this is the approach we’re taking for our mental health too. We tend to think about it from an illness lens rather than with a wellness focused approach. In fact, when you say mental health - many people jump to thinking about a mental health problem rather than just general wellbeing. Let’s be honest - this reactive approach perhaps isn’t helping us.

At Eggshells, we believe that it doesn’t have to be that way.

The fact is, evidence based mental health techniques - things like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) can in fact benefit anyone. They’re techniques that anyone can use to deal better with any challenge in their life. To be honest, it’s a wonder that we weren’t taught these in school rather than all of that useless other stuff.

Evidence based techniques can benefit anyone

Therapeutic techniques can be a real game changer, regardless of what you’re grappling with. And no, we don’t just mean mindfulness here. Whilst mindfulness can help us to pay attention to what’s around us, it’s just one type of mental health technique. There are a number of other techniques which can be useful to anyone - whether that’s recognising how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours influence each other or using our bodies to soothe  ourselves.

Yes, it does require some time learning! But you don’t have to do it forever

We won’t lie - it does require some upfront investment to learn these techniques. That’s because most of them are educational - they're about understanding a little more about how our mind works or how our body works. But I've tried to make it as quick and painless as possible with some 5 minute videos and then you can try it out yourself in our online activities. It’s a bit like learning to ride a bike - once you’ve got the skills, you don’t need to keep practising forever. At some point it just becomes second nature and you just start doing it without even thinking. That’s where we’ll be trying to get you to for your mental health too :) You’ll learn the fundamentals in the course and as you keep practising one day we’re hopeful it will become second nature!

Ann Don Bosco

May 18, 2023

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