The success and mainstream appeal of the new movie Silver Linings Playbook has given new light to the subject of mental health and those that struggle with it. The movie focuses on a number of characters based on Mathew Quick’s book by the same name. Through the depiction of such characters like Pat, the movie shows those struggling with mental illness are not unlike everyone else.
If you are someone struggling with bipolar disorder, chronic depression, or other mental health issues, this movie and book may be an avenue of great solace. Perhaps you too can create your own “Silver Linings Playbook.” Of course, if you feel that your mental health is at serious risk, perhaps even considering suicide, you should immediately seek a help center or call a suicide prevention hotline in your local area.
However, if you feel that you have a good handle on your mental health, but still have certain tenancies or issues that you would like to resolve, taking an approach like those from Silver Linings Playbook may be your best answer. The main focus of doing so is to find the silver linings in your life and daily activities. For instance, if you get out to the park for a run or meet a friend for coffee and end up having a great conversation, these things can be the silver linings of your day. Such simple things are often just a mundane part of someone’s normal routine, but to you they can mean so much more. This approach to mental health is especially useful when you feel the world is working against you and things just never seem to go your way. In such instances, if you can find the silver linings, it will give you an optimism that can do truly wonderful things for your mental state.