- Written by lamar.schoell
I want to talk about Mental Health. I’m going to talk about what it is and why it matters to you. Today more than ever more people are coming out and talking about anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health conditions they have. I believe this is largely due to the internet and people are starting to understand how important mental health is for your happiness and fulfillment in life.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health refers to our emotional in psychological states. This affects how we feel and think which will determine how we act in certain situations.
Most of us often think that mental health conditions someone might have like bipolar disorder, loneliness or anxiety. Good mental health doesn’t just mean you live without a diagnosable condition. it also means how you’re able to handle everyday life situations such as problems or roadblocks with ease.
Understanding your mental health state will help you realize how to cope with the stresses you encounter in your life. This will allow you to be more productive and make contributions to your community.
Why Should We Care About Our Mental Health?
We all know illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and high Blood Pressure have on our health is obvious. We understand things like medication, exercise diets, and even doctor visits are important to your recovery.
A lot of us ignore the importance of our mental health. We don’t put it on the same level as our physical health. Mental health has proved to be more important when dealing with these types of health issues.
Let’s you and I just talk for one minute. Stress on your body can lead to many diseases that you’re trying to prevent in the first place. By taking action and working on your mental health may greatly reduce or eliminate the stress that you have. This is why caring for your mental health is as important as your physical health. Our mental health affects our everyday state and not managing our mental health can lead to a host of related medical issues.
Your mental health impacts every element of your life. Your relationships, family members, and work performance. You may not push yourself intellectually or even feel emotions of happiness and fulfillment.
Sometimes our mental health conditions or symptoms are not that obvious. There are many people that go through their everyday life without realizing that they are struggling. according to the US Department of Health and Human Resources, these are some of the signs you may have.
? Not sleeping enough
? Lack of energy
? Feeling confused
? Angry or upset
? Sleeping too much
Common Mental Health Conditions
When people think of mental health the first thing that comes to their mind is the very serious conditions that require treatment like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. but these aren’t the most common mental health-related issues.
Below we’re going to take a look at the most common mental health conditions that people are facing today.
It’s perfectly normal to have anxiety before you get on a roller coaster or having to give a speech in front of other people. This is a very normal reaction to have in these types of situations. If your anxiety completely takes over and you feel paralyzed however it could be a symptom of anxiety.
If your anxiety symptoms interfere with your daily activities such as your job, school or relationships. Your symptoms may get worse over time. Symptoms like phobias, panic attacks, and social anxiety affect 20% of adults. These are referred to as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
We’re all human. What that means is we’re going to go through a wide range of emotions. It all depends on what’s going on in our lives or at work. You could feel excited and happy at the top of your game one day. Then feel sad or angry the next. These are all normal emotions for us to go through. It’s when they become more intense and persistent they may be a sign of depression.
How Does Stress Play A Part In Your Life?
Everyone’s going to experience anxiety or nervousness from time to time from life events that we experience. Buying a house or even going on a first date we’ll put butterflies in anyone’s stomach. Then there are things in our lives we have no control over like the loss of a loved one.
Stress can be a good thing to keep you motivated when you were working on your goals. But it’s important to be able to manage that stress. stress over along. Of time can have a detrimental effect on our emotional and physical health.
If you feel like your stress more than you should be. Take a step back and assess your priorities. Maybe you can cut back some of the hours at work. You may be able to manage your stress to exercise, meditation or sleep.
Don’t take stress lightly. Our society is forcing more stress on every one of us. We’re expected to work more hours and the overload of information we get from the internet nowadays can also play a part in your stress.
Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health
We recovered depression and anxiety which you may not be experiencing. But it’s important to prioritize emotional well-being into each day. There may be a few important things you need to pay attention to now doing this could make a difference of just surviving to thriving.
Let’s list out the ways that you can improve your mental health starting today.
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#1 – Being Grateful
One of the best ways to fight negative thoughts Is practicing gratitude. If you ever feel overly anxious, stressed or depressed this tends to bring on the overwhelming never-ending negative thoughts.
There are numerous ways of practicing daily gratitude. One of the simplest ways is journaling every morning or evening. Spend about 10 minutes thinking about 10 things you’re grateful for. It doesn’t matter how big or how small these are.
#2 – Practice Meditation
Maybe you have read about the benefits of meditation. With short daily meditation practice, this will lower stress levels and improve your focus and memory. Meditation practiced in the morning and night before you go to bed has the most benefits for your mental health. Although I’ve been known to take a 5 minute meditation break during the middle of the day.
#3 – Having Healthy Relationships
Most people in the US are feeling isolated and creating a sense of loneliness which has a huge impact on a person’s Mental Health as well as their physical health. Loneliness has the same impact on our lifespan as much as obesity and smoking. Loneliness was found to actually shorten a person’s lifespan by 15 years.
One of the best ways to combat your mental health is by prioritizing your relationships. These strong connections have many benefits. It helps us feel like we are a part of something bigger, a community. This gives our lives meaning and makes us feel accepted.
It’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask family members or friends to help you when you are struggling. Most of us feel that this is a sign of weakness rather than strength. Being open and honest with loved ones can also help you start the healing process.
#4 – Constantly Challenging Yourself
Too many of us become complacent in our life. We just keep going through by doing what is easy for us. We tend not to set any goals.
Even if you feel you’re in a good place right now in your life. It’s important to always have goals and work toward them. It’s all about having a purpose in life. this is so crucial for our happiness and life satisfaction.
Take a look at an area in your life. Maybe one get in better shape, learn how to cook, publish a book, or some hobby you may have. Create some goals and write them down. Create a plan to start achieving these goals.
#5 – Your Awareness
You could be experiencing depression or anxiousness and not even realize it. Try to be aware of your body and mind and notice any symptoms that you might be having. Sometimes this may be as easy as asking yourself some questions.
? Do I feel angry or edgy more than normal?
? Is my energy less than I would like it to be?
? Am I drinking too much alcohol?
? Am I still interested in everything I used to be interested in before?
#6 – Exercise
Exercise can impact one’s Mental Health in a lot of ways. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety or depression exercise plays an important role in your life. Exercising can improve your sleep and make you feel more relaxed.
Exercise doesn’t have to necessarily mean going to the gym and doing intense training workouts. Walking 30 minutes every day will improve your mood and reduce your stress. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Just five minutes of aerobic exercise or cardio can lower your anxiety levels.
#7 – Sleep
We all have busy lives to live whether that’s working long hours or raising a family. You may tend to struggle to get 8 hours of sleep every night. Being sleep deprived only makes your emotional and psychological problems worse over time.
You need to get a good quality sleep That’s around eight hours. If you’re waking up 10 or more times through the night this isn’t quality sleep. You may need to incorporate meditation and exercise in your life so that you can be well-rested at night. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet. That means no electronics of any kind.
#8 – Add Self-Care Into Your Life
This will be vastly different for each person. But the concept is very simple. You need to take the time to care for your physical and emotional mental health in order to live a fulfilling life. This includes things like restful sleep, meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet.
Take 30 minutes a day to focus on you. If that’s making a healthy smoothie or going for a long walk at lunch. It’s the same things you do that will make a difference later on.
It’s important to seek outside help and influences when working on your well-being. I use websites like Discover Heal to help me find a well-balanced solution. It’s also important as you go through training to also take action. Discover Heal has a family type environment. I use this website so that I’m not going through this alone.
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as the way you go about taking care of your physical health. Find time in your life to do this everyday. When you do this you will have the strength and energy through each day to accomplish whatever it is you want to do.
Your mind is so precious and powerful. You want to guard and protect it so that events in people do not alter your mindset.
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