3 Simple Ways to Improve your Mental Health #mentalhealthawarenessmonth
Updated: May 16, 2022
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"Your mental health is JUST as important as your physical health. As someone with PTSD, I've found that if I neglect my mental health, my physical health suffers too. If you're on a weight loss journey, it's sometimes easy to only focus on the physical condition of yourself. However, you should always remember that your mental health still needs to be a priority ❤," - Elaine shares an important reminder with us.
The World Health Organization' constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." An important implication of this definition is that mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Mental health is fundamental to our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with each other, earn a living and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection and restoration of mental health can be regarded as a vital concern of individuals, communities and societies throughout the world."¹
Having good mental health is a right to all humans. No exceptions. Nothing that you could be experiencing is worth breaking your self esteem and sanity over. Mental health is the cornerstone for wealth and health in every single aspect of our lives. Without a healthy and balanced mind, you cannot organically flourish to live your life to it's greatest potential .
Please remember that 'good' and 'poor' states of mental health looks and feels different for each person - it's not a one-size-fits-all matter. And that it's totally natural for your mental health to have days of highs and lows. :)
However, when you experience periods of two weeks or more of overwhelming anxiety, fear / panic, depression or a diagnosed mental health condition flare up, then this is an indication of poor mental health that is in need of attention from a professional.
It's inevitable that you will experience situations which will knock you - you might wobble and come right, or fall off your feet entirely. Your state of mind (or mental health) when going through these events will determine how you cope and recover, if at all.
We cannot control what comes to us in our life's journey, but we certainly do have control over how we process and express what we think, feel and do about our circumstances. By creating healthy daily habits today, you will produce a safe space for your mind to accept your reality and respond in a thoughtful and appropriate manner to anything that comes across your path. Doesn't that sound like a state of being you'd love to live in?