Mental Understanding

Mental Health & Well Being

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO's definition of health as contained in its constitution:  "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Someone who experiences “good” mental health, therefore, has found a balance in his or her social, emotional and psychological areas of life. 

When we have good mental health, we’re in a place of peace and balance with our social, emotional and psychological states. We have found a life that fits our needs for social connections with others. We deal with tragedy and happiness in our lives, and authentically experience all the emotions open to us. A person finds coping strategies and recognizes the connections between thoughts and emotions (and that they work both ways).

We all have mental health just like we all have physical health. And just as we monitor our bodies for potential problems or pain, we should keep tabs on our mental health and try to better recognize when it needs some attention.¹


The Power of Conscious Thinking

In everyday life most people are preoccupied with an almost constant inner dialog. We are constantly talking to ourselves, continuously assessing the actions and behaviours of our­sel­ves and of others. This inner dialog is most of the time not conscious, although, it is the foundation on which we perceive and experience reality. Our inner dialog also affects our feelings which are the body’s reactions to our thoughts. Negative thoughts therefore create negative feelings and hence stress, illness and disease.

Our inner voice evaluates, judges, compares and worries. Most people live with such a tormentor in their head, draining them of energy. It is an awful burden not to be able to stop thinking but most often we do not even realize this since it is a very common condition. Up to 90 % of most people’s thoughts are meaningless playbacks of old “records."

Thoughts are merely tools for your CONSCIOUSNESS which is behind all perception, beha­viour and experience.

Thinking is a useful tool if it is used well; used consciously. However, most thinking is not rational, not conscious and often beco­mes very destructive. For the most part we are not using the thoughts, but the thoughts are using us. When we identify with our thoughts, we let the tools take control over us.

To counteract the identification with thoughts and to discipline our thinking we must start to observe, from a higher level, our thoughts and the process of thinking itself. Most of our thoughts are automatic and go on and on more or less unconsciously. They are just records of old patterns of thinking. Patterns we have followed most of our lives. Though they are programmed in the past they still manage to affect and control the way we are living.²

The most effective way to raise your level of consciousness is to increase your focus and discipline in thin­king. Learning a new positive way to plan, structure and build how you go about living life. Making changes in your mental/physical living blueprint. 

At, you can begin a new process of learning to "consciously" think and do. Just as the body needs physical training, so does the mind. I can help you learn how to structure and build new positive, creative ways to turn your life around and "stay the course" towards a more meaningful & fulfilling life through various self discovery and exploratory exercises!

Alessandra Lior, RN                  303-502-6152