Mental Health : Importance, Definition & How can you boost?

“I cannot stand the words ‘Get over it’. All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that’s OK.” – Beau Taplin

Mental health is at the heart of our health, yet it is a concept that is frequently overlooked. Is it easier for us to name something that we are going through or simply put it on the back burner? Do you feel it is better to feel the emotional burden all alone rather than have support to lessen it? We frequently try to find this answer on our own, but no answer will ever satisfy our desire to feel rested and justified in the face of a troubling thought. It is sometimes preferable to have someone assist us rather than feel the need to handle everything on our own and to lean in toward someone who makes us feel at ease, safe, and trustworthy. Mental health is just another term for that part of ourselves that is not visible to the naked eye but stands very firmly right in the middle of our daily busy lives.

Unfortunately, there is also a significant stigma linked to mental health, which is why it is vital that we recognize good mental health initiatives and seek to break the barriers that impede us from addressing mental health in a positive, effective, and efficient manner. However, there is no shortage of exposure to mental awareness in today’s world. Everything from social media platforms to books and magazines, movies and thrillers, and podcasts have depicted and brought to light previously unspoken issues.

Definition of Mental health

According to American Psychological Association, Mental health is a state of mind characterized by emotional well-being, good behavioral adjustment, relative freedom from anxiety and disabling symptoms, and a capacity to establish constructive relationships and cope with the ordinary demands and stresses of life.

According to a new study published by the American Psychological Association that sheds light on the gender differences in traditionally known dichotomous sexes, it was found that women are more likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression, whereas men are more likely to be diagnosed with substance abuse or antisocial disorders.

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Why is it important to take care of your mental health?

Our social and emotional well-being is referred to as our mental health. Our mental health has an impact on how we think, feel, and conduct ourselves. It is important in interacting with others, making decisions, dealing with stress, and many other areas of daily living. Everyone has mental health, and it is equally as important as physical health. There are many directions that open up clearly in sight as we start to pay attention to not only our physical health but also our mental health. A few of the positive turns may look like this:

A healthy level of mental health: Maintaining a healthy level of mental health and addressing any mental health disorders are critical for restoring constructive behaviors, emotions, and attitudes.

Enhances Relationships: Focusing on mental health care could increase productivity, improve our self-image, and strengthen our relationships with ourselves and others.

Makes us healthier: Nurturing mental health not only improves our daily functioning, but it may also help us regulate some of the physical health issues that are directly related to mental health difficulties.

Ensures a positive outlook: No matter how let down we feel as a result of a negative event in our lives, having healthy mental health will always help us to reflect and gradually work on areas that are emotionally painful to deal with. 

How do you know that your mental health requires special attention?

It can be difficult for us to distinguish between what are expected behaviors and what may be signs of a mental illness. Each of the issues, especially illnesses related to mental health, is very tricky as each illness has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents can include the following,

  • Excessive anxiety or fear
  • Excessive sadness or depression
  • Extreme mood swings, such as uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria, can result in confused thinking or difficulties concentrating and learning.
  • Long-lasting or intense feelings of irritability or anger
  • Avoiding friends and social gatherings

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How can you boost your mental health?

You are more likely to be able to deal with daily obstacles and concerns if you have a healthy state of mind. Here are some simple ways to improve your mental health.

  • Recognize your flaws and prepare to change that thought, feeling, or behavior in yourself.
  • Going to a therapist and venting your frustrations can help you find direction and support.
  • Creating healthy coping mechanisms
  • Being willing to unlearn old habits and adopt new ones.
  • Believe in yourself and be patient with yourself; you’ve got this!

“Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain.” — Matt Haig

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