Understanding the Mental Health
The first thing that leaps to mind while talking about mental health is mental sickness, which is mental ill-health.
Mental health is a broad concept that includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health also determines our approach to life that includes factors like, how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices on a daily basis.
A good mental health is the state of being psychologically sound, able to cope up with stress and restore the balance of mind.
“You only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low”, that provides the basic guideline for understanding mental health. It is more of a relative concept. We generally understand mental health in the light of mental ill-health; we can only appreciate the peace of mind after we’ve lost it once or came close to losing it.
Mental health and mental illness are not mutually exclusive, meaning the absence of mental health does not necessarily mean the presence of mental illness. There is often a grey area that is ignored by us, we have adopted a black and white concept for understanding mental well-being which is not fair, to say the least.
It’s time to consider the possibility that it’s somewhere between “More than a bad day and less than a bad life”.
The conventional wisdom has often considered only the extreme cases of mental sickness and that is the reason why talking about mental illness is often taken in a derogatory sense creating a barrier in the minds of people and labeling those who open up about it.
Is it just all in your head?
“It’s all in your head”, how many times a person suffering from mental ill-health has to hear this is unaccounted for but let me share some facts regarding the outcome which certainly is real.
Most cases of suicide are traced back to some sort of mental illness, be it depression, bipolar disorder or other mental sicknesses. According to WHO, 1 in 5 people suffers from some form of mental illness. Nearly two-thirds of the people suffering do not seek help!
It’s so real, even more than the physical injuries which are visible to our naked eyes. Although it doesn’t have a tangible presence it’s far more injurious to our overall well-being. It impacts each and everything that needs your attention and individuality.
There is a high positive correlation between mental health and our overall well-being. Being mentally ill affects a person’s thinking abilities, mood, emotions, etc. hampering productivity and social relationships.
The general symptoms of degrading mental health include pulling away from people and social interactions, eating or sleeping too much on a continuous basis, a constant feeling of hopelessness, not able to perform the daily chores, having persistent negative thoughts that you can’t get out of your head, etc. If that sounds like you it’s better to get professional help.
Improving Mental Health
Accepting who you are and embracing your individuality is the stepping stone to building a happy life and maintaining your peace of mind. If you care too much about what others think then you are bound to get hurt. What you need to understand is seven billion people can’t have the same opinion so don’t get affected and influenced by everyone you get acquainted with.
Happiness is the best remedy for improving your mental health. Try to find happiness in trivial things by doing what you love, doing things you enjoy and most importantly surrounding yourself with people you like. Stay out of toxic work environments, if it doesn’t make you happy no amount of money can compensate for the lack of mental peace.
Building your confidence can be a vital supplement to bettering your mental health. Set short goals for yourself and try to achieve them within the stipulated time frame that will provide a boost in your confidence level. Do things you are good at and do it frequently.
Staying active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a great way to balance and improve your mental health. Exercising and eating healthy can help you bring a positive change towards a healthy lifestyle.
One of the most important things to consider which having a negative thought is opening up about it to people you trust and whose opinions you respect. If you keep all that negativity inside you it will just accumulate until you’re full of it, by then it will reflect in every aspect of your life. So before it’s too late try talking about your thoughts and feelings with people you trust or a professional who will guide you through the process.
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