maintaining health rather than chasing it
WHAT IS MENTAL HYGIENE?
The science of maintaining mental health and preventing the development of mental illness (source: ).
Mental hygiene bridges the gap between coaching and therapy. Upholding the strict research and ethical standards of psychotherapy, while integrating the power and efficiency of coaching, mental hygiene focuses on lifestyle calibration through the PRIIDE framework.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MENTAL HYGIENE AND MENTAL HEALTH?
Unlike mental health which addresses mental illness once it has begun, mental hygiene focuses on prevention of mental illness, much the same way that brushing your teeth and avoiding sugary foods prevents tooth decay.
You brush your teeth every day to keep your teeth healthy. What do you do every day to keep your mind healthy?
HOW CAN I MAINTAIN MY MENTAL HYGIENE?
Mental Hygiene focuses on the calibration of mind and lifestyle to establish integrative health through the PRIIDE framework.
I- Intrapersonal Relationship
I- Interpersonal Relationships
My psychology today blog, The Mental Hygienist gives free tips and tools for getting started.
MENTAL HYGIENE, THERAPY, OR MEDICATION?
The field of medicine teaches us that we should begin with the least invasive techniques available. While medication is helpful in some cases, and essential in others, \
The term "chemical imbalance" describes a state, not a cause.
Chemical imbalances in our brains have multiple possible causes. Traumatic past experiences, unhealthy habits, diet, lifestyle, and genetic predisposition are some.
It is obvious why a focus on mental hygiene would be helpful in addressing all of these causes. Even genetic predisposition to mental illness requires proper mental hygiene much the same way that a family history, of heart disease for example, would require more attention to cardiovascular exercise and a heart-healthy diet to prevent illness.
Like heart disease, medication may be helpful, but