Almost everyone deals with physical health, but not many take into account mental health.
Note that you almost never give your mind a break, you are constantly thinking, analyzing and thinking.
And so, even if you do not believe it, the mind becomes exhausted, weakens and gets stressed.
Mental illness begins when you cling to your thoughts, when you care for them more than your own life.
They are trucks and more trucks full of thoughts that constantly enter your mind, and you accumulate them and treasure them as if them were your life.
And with this constant and relentless activity of giving all your attention to thinking, your brain literally becomes more and more putrid giving way to mental illness.
Do you know how the whole process of mental illness works?
When a thought arises you always make a judgment about it. If it is bad and you dislike it, you try to prevent it, to reject it, to repress it.
And the more you repress it, the more it hides and the more power it has over you because to prohibit is to attract, to reject is to invite, to impede is to tempt.
If you consider that the thought is good and pleasant then you try to cling to it.
You grope it, you go around and around and start giving it all your life energy.
Thus you begin a struggle and a mental conflict by choosing what to think about and what not to think about.
You do not realize that you start living only and exclusively for the mind.
The mind that is a tool of life has become the master and master of your time; It manipulates you and you stop appreciating the moment that you are living because you are entangled with the mountains of remains of thoughts that constantly enter and leave your mind.
For so much junk food is harmed not only your mental health but also the physical because you end up with an ulcer, with a gastritis, with a tachycardia, of so much worrying, of so much thinking, of so much time that the mind is spent using you.
Exercise for mental health
I will give you an exercise that will help you not to cling, to detach from mental things and therefore will allow you to be in a state of less suffering and improve your mental health.
To do so, sit down and begin to observe that, regardless of the thought you have now in mind, before the next one comes, there is a period of silence, there is a space where there is no thought.
Stay in that space, in that silence. If another thought comes, do not worry, accompany it and before the next one comes up stay again in the space between those thoughts.
The essence of this exercise is not to worry about what you are thinking, just look for the spaces between the thoughts and stay there.
With the practice of this exercise you will notice that you are acquiring more calm, more peace and you will be able to realize the impermanence of things and life.
You will see how useless it is to be mounted on top of your thoughts, giving them your full attention, for they are impermanent and in them you will never find happiness and stillness.
Good luck with practice!