If it was visible

If we had a sore on our arm, face, leg or if we had a cut or something else that was visible to us or to others, then typically we would take action to deal with it. Also, others would show concern, interest and perhaps advise us to do something or in the case of parent and child, the parent would take action.

So if it’s visible to us and others, we care and take action.

What about mental health? Something that is invisible? What do we and others do about that?

Do we spend time taking care of our mental health?

Invisible things are more important and not the superficial.


When the paintwork gets a bit flakey or the wood becomes bare, or we feel the need for an uplift or a refresh, then we will happily invest in decorating the house and not only the money but the time too. In fact, we’ll spend money maintaining and upgrading our home. Why wouldn’t we? It is a big asset after all.

When the car breaks down, we’ll take it to the garage, but as well we’ll service the car, check the oil, check the tyre pressures, clean it and so on. We look after it. We’ll maintain it to ensure that it does not break down.

When we get a new sofa, we’ll stop eating pizza and chips on it, we may be even cover it to protect it, we’ll hover the fluff from it…we take care of it.

Essentially, any purchases of goods, we’ll look after them and maintain/upgrade them to even better versions without hesitation or thought. It seems to be the normal and sensible thing to do.

Why do we not apply this to ourselves?

Mentally, physically, spiritually how much do we take care of ourselves? Do we block a time, say once a week, or even better, daily, to do nothing other than to maintain us, to upgrade us, to become even better us? Is this a priority for us?

After all, we do not have any other asset remotely as important as ourselves, there is not a spare one in the cupboard if the current one fails. We have one us, worth some maintenance occasionally?