How to: Healthy Mental Health

by Marti Tourville, AMFT

Today, I want to dive deep into a topic that lies at the very core of our being: mental health. It’s a
subject close to my heart, and I firmly believe that nurturing our mental well-being is vital for leading a wholehearted and authentic life.
In a world that often values productivity over self-care, we must recognize the intrinsic worth of our mental health. Just as we prioritize physical health, it’s equally essential to devote time and energy to our emotional and psychological well-being. Let’s explore why embracing our mental health is so crucial:

Acceptance: Embracing our mental health starts with accepting ourselves as imperfect beings. It means understanding that we all have vulnerabilities, fears, and struggles. By acknowledging our emotions and experiences without judgment, we create space for growth and healing.

Courageous Vulnerability: True strength lies in vulnerability. When we acknowledge and express our emotions authentically, we open doors to genuine connections with others. By sharing our struggles, we create a safe space for others to do the same, fostering empathy and understanding.

Building Resilience: Prioritizing mental health allows us to develop resilience—the ability to bounce back from setbacks and navigate challenges. Mental health practices, such as therapy, mindfulness, and self-reflection, provide the tools needed to weather life's storms with grace and perseverance.

Self-Compassion: Often, we are our own harshest critics. Embracing our mental health means cultivating self-compassion. It involves treating ourselves with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, just as we would with a dear friend. By nurturing self-compassion, we create a solid foundation for well-being.

Authenticity and Creativity: Our mental health directly impacts our ability to express ourselves authentically and tap into our creativity. When we prioritize mental well-being, we unlock our innate potential, allowing our unique voice to shine through and inspiring others to do the same.

Boundary Setting: Prioritizing mental health empowers us to set healthy boundaries in our personal and
professional lives. It means recognizing our limits and respecting our own needs, advocating for
ourselves, and creating environments that support our well-being. Boundaries cultivate balance and
protect our mental health.

Mindfulness and Gratitude: Mindfulness and gratitude practices anchor us in the present moment, fostering a sense of peace and contentment. By cultivating awareness and appreciating the small joys in life, we nurture our mental health and invite more positivity into our daily experiences.

Remember, embracing our mental health is not a one-time event but an ongoing journey of self-discovery and growth. It requires courage, vulnerability, and a commitment to prioritizing ourselves. Seek support when needed, whether through therapy, community, or trusted loved ones. Together, we can create a world that values mental health as an integral part of our overall well-being.

Let us embark on this transformative journey together, cultivating self-compassion, embracing vulnerability, and honoring our mental health. As we do so, we step into our authentic selves and create a ripple effect that inspires others to do the same.

Marti Tourville is a registered associate marriage and family therapist #129073 who provides in-person therapy services in Chico, CA and telehealth sessions for clients all over the state of California.  Marti is experienced in working with couples, families, teens, and individuals.  She has a passion for helping humans and she sees past the labels people and society put upon themselves to delve into the heart of WHO they are so she can help them see and operate from their true self.

To request an appointment with Marti please go to her bio page: MARTI