Lack of Mental Fitness is the leading cause of disability worldwide (according to the CDC, WHO, and NAMI). It costs us more than $1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) every year. This problem is increasingly getting worse and causing deaths worldwide. Although not very talked about, this issue could be preventable through mental fitness.
So, are you ready to talk about mental fitness now?
Let’s start by defining Mental Health and Mental Health Fitness.
According to dictionary.com, Mental Health is “a state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.” Mental Fitness describes your level of mental health. i.e. If you are mentally fit, your mental health is in good shape, and if you are not mentally fit, then you may struggle with your mental health.
The definition of Mental Health might be more accurate by starting with: “a state of emotional, psychological and physical well-being…” or it could be added in there anywhere “and enough physical support to facilitate that state.” Neurons are nerve cells that send and receive signals from the brain and body. Due to the fact that our mind is in our bodies, our body needs to be considered in the definition of Mental Health as well. Our mind and bodies are connected, as our neurons are not limited to our brain since they send signals all throughout our nervous system, directly connected to our physical body. Mental Health + Mental Fitness go hand in hand, as Mental Fitness describes the fact that a routine to upkeep our mental health is important. Mental fitness routines vary widely and may have different specific goals. In future blogs, we will describe some great mental fitness routines.
Society, technology, and our lives have changed drastically, yet mankind has not really changed at all. The way we attempt to mentally and physically function has not changed much except that we have much more access to technology than before. What we are consciously interacting with daily has changed drastically, yet we have not changed how we handle and maintain our consciousness. It is time for us to uplevel our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. This requires understanding Mental Health Fitness and how to build a mental fitness program.
Mental Health Fitness requires a mental fitness routine where we provide substantial support to ALL levels of our consciousness (mentally and physically). For the sake of simplicity, we categorize the levels of consciousness inside us all as unconscious, subconscious, conscious, and connections. What the routine looks like may depend on your level of awareness of the world around you as well as the world that embodies you (your body).
It is important to note that all levels of awareness above controlled and enslaved by conventional wisdom (provided by our governmental bodies and school curriculums) require a mental fitness routine in order to maintain them. As an example, The President’s Council on Fitness was established in 1956 to bring health information to our schools. This program has been only about physical health until last month (It was filed May 17, 2022). It is no wonder that unmentionable and unforgivable acts are being committed so often. The U.S. government finally is admitting that we humans are both mind and body. True fitness includes both! It only took the U.S. government 66 years (1965 until 2022) to guide schools that it is important to educate the general public that fitness includes the mind and the body. I believe we humans can make the transition to this awareness in less than 66 hours.
So, getting back to the point of this post: To move forward in the development of a higher consciousness in order to reach and maintain the highest levels of mental health: (higher levels of poise, peace, confidence, function, focus, sustainable performance, joy, happiness and/or enlightenment), it is vital to have a daily fitness routine with the intention to “work out” our neural pathways to create new healthy neural pathways and maintain the ones we have.
True mental health and physical health require fitness routines. A mental health fitness routine includes daily meditation incorporating a focus on physical function and physical fitness routine incorporating mental function. It is suggested that everyone have a daily fitness routine which includes the mind and the body!
Submitted by G. Cole, co-founder/CEO of Pathwaves and creator of NeuroEmpowerment™ For more information, please contact Pathwaves today at 305-858-6616 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about our wellness program.