And the other key thing JAH child said very early on is the thing I live my whole life by and it is what my religion is based on. And that is "balance"!!!
Balance. The importance of this cannot ever be overstated. You go too far in any direction and you might be in trouble. Life is constantly moving like a river. You want to move with it. Those currents pull you along but you need a paddle to guide you.
Again... talking about vitamins and minerals. We have programmed within society the tools to give ourselves what we need. The same way there are gyms is the same way there are other things out there we can do for our mental health. As an adult you have to make the choices you need to be healthy. Not every adult needs to go to the gym. Maybe their regular lives are exercise enough. Or maybe they go hiking or walks or cycling or one of hundreds of other activities people can do to stay fit. Mentally, it's the same.
Entertainment is important. Some people take an ideological stand against certain activities and I get it. However, the mind can get both positive and negative energy from any source. And the brain... the brain actually doesn't really care all that much about what the source is or if it's real or not. So if you're watching a comedy on TV, some might consider it a waste of time, but those comedians chose a path in life to help make people laugh. And it's hard to be sad and laugh at the same time. And even though it's "not real" you watching that show is still a memory. And so you want to balance any bad memories with at least as many happy memories. You want to balance negative thoughts with at least as many happy thoughts. The whole universe was a balance of matter and antimatter and matter won.
One of the reasons people go to church, or congregate in other ways (like an online forum), is to get that mental effect of unity within that group and it's also a built-in support group. The mind is also much like a volcano. Often, people don't allow themselves to do it but we need to vent off pressure before we erupt. And that's just physics. In the neural network of the mind it might look different but behaves the same way. Sometimes people who are going through things just don't have anyone to talk to. It doesn't matter if people are physically around them. They may not be there emotionally. Some people find a group to be on the same ideological page with but sometimes that real human connection isn't really there. It's just on the surface. And underneath, people don't always connect because they're afraid of being judged.
And to make things even worse, the mind has different ways of trying to deal with past trauma. Trauma is like getting shot and having the body go into shock. A person may even lose consciousness under the pain or stress. There is only so much the body is naturally able to handle at once. But with time the body can heal the wounds. With time the mind can heal wounds but wounds, physical and mental can become infected so they have to closed and properly treated. Just like there is physical therapy needed, there is also mental therapy needed to help heal from past traumas.
Lastly, although its harder for adults, this is where friends and family come in. You leave your parents and you find a wife or husband. If you can, then that is a good thing. If not, lean on your friends and create your own family wherever it is lacking. Everyone needs a support network. By the same token, sometimes the drama comes from so-called friends and family so you have to know when to cut people off. Agent Sasco has another video I want to put into your consciousness for this situation because, as adults, we are the ones in control of who we allow in our circle. And those people should be people who lift you up, who you can count on for help or just a shoulder to lean on. One of the things about a family vs a single individual is when one member isn't doing well, then the family, as a collective unit, isn't doing well. When we, through love, extend this idea of family into the world, it's healing. And no matter who you are, what color you are, what gender you are, what nationality you are, what languages you speak, what astrological sign you were born under, what your favorite color is, none of that has matter when we learn to live in ONE love.
And I'm not just saying this. "If I call you friend I see you as my brother." That's true for me as well. If anyone on this forum needs a friendly and supportive ear, you can write me or call me. I'll be there for you.