Mental health is a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder.
Mental health can have an impact on day-to-day living, relationships, and physical health. Looking after mental health can preserve a person’s ability to enjoy life. Doing this involves reaching a balance between life activities, responsibilities, and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
Although the term mental health is in common use, many conditions that doctors recognize as psychological disorders have physical roots. Conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect mental health and disrupt a person’s routine.
There are a lot of factors that affect the mental health of an individual such as,
- Continuous social and economic pressure
- Biological Factors
- Low self-esteem
- Loss of a family member
- Adverse childhood or past experiences
Emotional and mental health is important because it’s a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Being healthy emotionally can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities like work, school or caregiving.
HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO KEEP A GOOD MIND:
- Schedule Time for Yourself:
Read a book, meditate, do something that is soothing, healing and enjoyable. Cook something for yourself if you enjoy cooking. Hang out with friends if you enjoy spending time with them. Out of your busy schedule, spend at least an hour for yourself. Talk to yourself, love yourself, cook for yourself.
- Eat and Drink well:
Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.
- Take a daily inventory:
Analyze how you are doing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
If you are slipping in one area, develop a plan to strengthen it.
- Keep Active:
We become lazy during holidays after working for the whole week. A healthy mind also requires an active body.
Exercise, walk, go outside, play outdoor games like football, basketball, get your hands in dirt,
Plant a seed every month. Try to keep yourself active during Sundays as well.
- Discover a Self-Soothing Habit:
Try to develop new habits like crocheting and knitting Keep your hands busy and quiet in the mind.
- Talk about your feelings:
Reaching out and opening up to people you trust in life will help you build emotional support and you can deal with troubled times with a little ease.
- Revisit the simplicity of routine:
Get 8 hours of sleep, make your bed, shower, brush your teeth, dress in clean clothes that fit and that you feel good in.
Laugh, Play! Watch something funny. Do something silly. Humour is healing!
By Afraah Anwar