View profile

The Impact of Freedom On Mental Health

Freedom. It's a loaded word. The meaning of it can vary dramatically according to the context. And it
The Impact of Freedom On Mental Health
Freedom. It’s a loaded word.
The meaning of it can vary dramatically according to the context.
And it’s not a word that’s often associated with mental health.
But freedom has its place alongside thoughts, behaviors, and feelings.
Without freedom, the air becomes stale, and behavior becomes stilted.
Let’s consider freedom’s impact–and what we can do to bring more of it into our lives.

The Impact of Freedom on Mental Health
How often have you been told what to do? Where to go? How to go about it?
How many times has this happened to you in the last month? The last week?
Freedom often emerges before us as an abstract concept, a term far from moved from ordinary life. Freedom is frequently used in conjunction with words like government and democracy. It’s connected to politics and populaces instead of personalities of individual people. It’s forced down and captured rather than given room to breathe.
Freedom is the space to breathe. It’s room to grow. It’s being able to choose your viewpoint while also striving to understand the viewpoints of others. Freedom is an antidote to anger, and stigma, and hatred, and everything else that exists to put people in their place.
And so it’s worth talking about in new and more varied ways.
How to Bring Freedom Into Your Life
Without freedom, it’s only a matter of time before you feel confined and that your life is not your own. It’s a dead-end path.
So how can you go about bringing freedom into your life?
You start with yourself. You take the time to understand what makes you feel claustrophobic.
What’s closing in on you? What’s making you feel like you just need to get out? Take five minutes to understand the places and situations in your life that lead to the breathing in of stale air.
Next, analyze those places and situations. It doesn’t need to take long. It just needs to take place in an intentional way. See if there are patterns that exist. Maybe you’ll notice that some of your most common experiences are bringing you down. Maybe you’ll realize that there are more of those experiences than you realized. The lack of freedom can be a slow creep. It can sneak into your life like a prowling cat, slowly stalking an imagined predator.
Make a conscious effort to think about freedom. What does it mean to you? It could be that you find that the concept is not very important to you at all. Even if that’s the case, learning that simple fact would put you in a better position than you were five minutes prior.
Abstract concepts don’t need to stay abstract. They can be brought alive by the meaning you give to them. It’s up to you to pull them out of the ether and bring them down to the ground.
And it’s up to you to consider the role that freedom plays in your life.
Maybe it’s not worth your consideration.
But maybe, just maybe, its role is large, perhaps much larger than you ever thought.

I apologize for the late issue today. I had an Internet issue that just got resolved. Thanks for reading and considering my thoughts. I hope this finds you staying safe during this uncertain time.

Jordan
Did you enjoy this issue?
Become a member for $10 per month
Don’t miss out on the other issues by Jordan Brown - Mental Health Newsletter Writer, Poet, Social Worker, and Advocate
Jordan Brown - Mental Health Newsletter Writer, Poet, Social Worker, and Advocate


The Mental Health Update is an inspirational mental health newsletter featuring authentic mental health articles that make mental health issues like depression, anxiety, OCD meaningful AND accessible.

This is different from typical mental health newsletters.

It's not just an Anxiety Email Newsletter or a Depression Email Newsletter - It's timeless mental health wisdom and inspiration to start your day in a thoughtful, uplifting way.

I was tired of other mental health newsletters blasting out generic lists of links. And I was especially tired of other mental health newsletters not focusing on the everyday reality of mental health issues.

So I decided to come up with a mental health newsletter I wanted to read.

This health newsletter is like a caring friend that just wants you to feel better.

Mental health awareness articles don't need to be all doom and gloom and filled with jargon.

With The Mental Health Update email newsletter, you'll get practical mental health information, tips, and new ways to view the world.

We discuss topics like anxiety, depression, OCD, the mental health to mental illness spectrum, social and communication skills, and much, much more.

This is what a few subscribers had to say about The Mental Health Update:

"If you haven't yet subscribed to Jordan's mental health newsletter, you absolutely should. It's chock full of good stuff to read and will help make your day better. Not unlike a daily vitamin for your mental health and soul..." - JR

"Encouragement from someone who has “been there” when it comes to mental health struggles. Comes in the form of stories and simple, actionable tips for reframing and working with - and through - your issues. One of the few newsletters that has survived my ruthless inbox decluttering sprees. Highly recommended!" - Kelila

"Jordan's mental health update is a welcomed email in my inbox. It often provides me with a chance to break from the mundane tasks of working in an office and take a moment for myself to hear his thoughtful and well put together thoughts on many aspects of mental health. As someone who works in the psychology field it's often a nice reminder and way of grounding myself to all the great work that's going on and the journey we all must take in supporting mental health. Thank you Jordan!" - Rob

I take my no-spam policy very seriously. I consider it a mental health obligation to not abuse your trust.

You can manage your subscription here
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue
Missoula, MT