12 golden rules of mental health

  1. Remember that every misery, even the greatest, will pass and be over. Everything changes in the flow of time. After the rain comes the sun, and spring comes again even after the worst winter!
  2. Where you cannot help or change things, do not worry about concerns of others.
  3. Do not panic because of responsibility. The less you succumb to hurry, excitement and pessimism, the more your ability and resilience will grow.
  4. Avoid fighting an imaginary enemy. Many people are exhausted from fighting obstacles that exist only in their imagination. Do not engage in futile hobbies that do not lead to the goal. Remember that the power is just in simplicity, so do not waste powder and shot!
  5. Do not dwell on the past, do not think much about the future. Live for now. You cannot change anything important! Do you know someone who has never been wrong? You cannot avoid mistakes, but if they happen, put the wrongs right – there is no bigger victory.
  6. Resolutely put aside hatred, envy and desire for destructive criticism. Criticism, which at the same time does not bring help and a hint of how to make things right, is sometimes worse than the original bad thing. These three evils significantly impede personal satisfaction.
  7. Impatience, mockery, fanaticism, fatalism and pessimism destroy mental harmony.
  8. Chase away the thoughts of a decent “settled” old age. Be constantly curious and inquisitive, try to keep a sense of romance, adventure and recession. At any age, do not worry of new meetings and new tasks.
  9. Trust people and love them. Do not expect perfection, you are not perfect as well. Try to appreciate their individuality. A few people are really bad. Smile and heartwarming words can put through more than strictness and sternness.
  10. Watch your surroundings and you’ll see that your problems are basically the same as those of many others. Even doctors suffer from pain, and policemen sometimes feel scared, and the kings weep at the death of their sons. Do not complicate your life role permanently, study it well, try to understand it and do your best to help those who are more miserable than you. And then play your role with confidence and courage, and primarily always with a sense of fair play.
  11. If anything bothers you and you can change it, do so, if you cannot, do not worry about it. If you do not like something about someone, either get over it or avoid the person – like a river when a mountain gets in its way. It is easier to transfer the top of the mountain or to change the river flow than to alter the nature of a man. Your mind must always have a clear goal and opinion, you can’t be “a little bit pregnant” or play a double game. Let your speech be clear – yes, yes or no, no.
  12. Learn who you are, learn to love yourself as you are and accept yourself, learn to listen to your body and soul and their signals. He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.  Also, remember that fighting the whole army is far easier than fighting with yourself!