You want to improve.
You do jiu jitsu to learn self defence, and you exercise to stay fit. The goal is in between lean, look good, and feeling great. This is how you look after yourself.
Mental health on the other hand is hardly given a mention. Happiness is presented as an esoteric destination far from conventional reality. Unfortunately, stressed, angry, disappointed people seem to represent the majority.
Dan Carlin, on a recent Tim Ferris podcast, likened being happy with being successful. Some people aspire to reach the stars, and are unhappy if they only get so far as the clouds. Others just want to live each day as they come. Happiness for these two different characters would represent two completely different ideals. This is why depression becomes such a tough nut to crack.
In some cases depression is a predisposed genetic condition that leads to a vicious downward spiral, and for this I feel for them. In others the source is usually lifestyle related. Either way, consistent effort is required to create change.
The problem is that we’ve become so busy in the everyday hustle that we are losing the ability to care for ourselves, and for each other. We wake up to Facebook, go to work and be busy, come home with lots to do, and sleep after checking Instagram.
Communication channels are becoming increasingly effective in penetrating through self-imposed barriers in our minds. Consider that in 2012, the average American consumed three times more information per day than they did in 1980.  Aussies wouldn’t be too far off.
In spite of this, we feel lonelier than ever before. Negative thoughts are better off ignored as they represent weakness amongst our peers. Quite frankly, everyone has problems of their own, and don’t really care enough to listen to yours anyway. Reader’s Digest once said, ‘many persons call a doctor when all they want is an audience.’ 
In order to avoid tragedies like this week’s, we ought to acknowledge that our brains are just as important as our muscles. This means prioritising activities that allow us to relax and re-energise.
Yoga, massage, meditation, spa, tai chi, reading, daydreaming, warm baths, drinking tea, meaningful relationships/discussions all count as things we can do to slow our lives down a little.
I just completed my first 10 days of an app called Headspace. It is meditation made simple. It has been challenging to say the least. Sitting down to think about nothing can be tough when you just want to be writing a blog post, or finishing one of many things on the to-do list. But I have persisted. And I have come to appreciate the benefits. Being busy all the time isn’t normal. I work with this disposition daily.
So what can we learn from the tragedy of Robin Williams’ death? To celebrate his amazing life and all the great laughs that came our way. And to appreciate our own life, and everything in it, and about it, that makes it what it is.
Rather than expecting more at all times, perhaps we can embrace doing less?
Health isn’t just squats and broccoli. Health is a way of being. It is a priority because it is you.
You owe it to yourself to give it your full attention.
 Roeder, M. Unnatural Selection (2007)
 As cited in Carnegie, D. How to Win friends and influence people (1937)