- 18 Jan 2023
- Psy. Pallavi Mishra
Importance of Mental Health
Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you are in good mental health, you can-
a) make the most of your potential.
b) cope with life.
c) play a full part in your family, workplace, community, and among friends.
Some people call mental health ’emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.
There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. People feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you are feeling.
1) Talk about your feelings–
Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. it’s part of taking charge of your well-being and doing what you can do to stay healthy. It’s not always easy to describe how you are feeling. Can’t think of one word, use lots. What does it feel like inside your head? What does it make you feel like doing?
2) keep active -Experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate sleep look and feel better exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.
3) Eat well–
There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel for example- caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect.
But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health, your brain needs a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well just like the other organs in your body.
4) Drink sensibly–
We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear on only but the effect is only temporary. Many people smoke or use drugs or other substances to change how they feel but again the effects are short-lived just like alcohol, the more you use the more you Crave.
5) Ask for help–
None of us are Superhuman. We also sometimes get tired or overwhelmed to buy how we feel or things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help for a listening ear are there to help you.
6) Accept who you are–
Some of us make people laugh, and some are good at maths or cooking fantastic meals. We are all different it’s much healthier to accept that you are unique than to wish you were more like someone else feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you go when life takes a difficult turn. Be proud of who you are.
7) take a break –
A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some me-time.