Why Your Mind Matters
If somebody asked you what it meant to be healthy, what would you say? As a society, we tend to link health to physical wellbeing, and our mental health gets put on the backburner. The reality is that mental health is equally important. If you’re guilty of prioritizing your physical health, or you could do more to protect and improve your mental health, here are some reasons why your mind matters.
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Mental health concerns us all
You often hear people talking about mental health in this day and age, but news stories and health headlines tend to focus on disorders and illnesses. While it’s vital to talk about psychological conditions out in the open, it’s essential to understand that the term mental health applies to us all. You don’t have to be diagnosed with depression to take an interest in mental health. We can all do more to protect our mental health, even those of us who are incredibly happy. The more we talk about psychological well-being, the better.
The impact of mental health disorders
When you have a physical illness, there’s often a simple solution. If you’ve got a headache, for example, you take a pill, and usually, it works within half an hour. With mental illness, the implications can be far-ranging, and it’s often more difficult both to diagnose and treat conditions. There can be a great deal of confusion surrounding the signs of mental illness and what is and isn’t normal, and many people who are struggling are reticent to seek help. There are also many levels of psychological illness, and people are affected in different ways. Two people who have depression, for example, may have very different symptoms.
The impact of mental health disorders can be devastating, and often, we don’t realize quite how much people are struggling until it’s too late. This page https://reliasacademy.com/rls/store/suicide-epidemic-and-how-to-prevent-suicide outlines the increase in suicide rates in the last 20 years in the US. Sometimes, it can be challenging to understand illnesses like depression, and many people struggle to see just how crippling it can be. If you have friends who suffer from mental health problems, or you’ve been experiencing symptoms such as prolonged periods of feeling low or hopeless, or you lack the motivation to get up in the morning, it’s worth considering seeking help. It’s good to talk, so be there for your friends and family, and open up if you’re finding life difficult.
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The pursuit of happiness
If you ask people what they want in life, most won’t say a sports car or a luxury home. Most will say they just want to be happy. The trouble is that it’s not always easy to succeed in the pursuit of happiness. All of us could do more to make ourselves happier. Spend more time with friends and family, devote more time to hobbies and interests, and give yourself a break. How often do you criticize yourself or put yourself down? It’s easier said than done, but try and tread gently. Treat yourself as you would your closest friends, and focus on your strengths, rather than your flaws. Try not to compare yourself to others. Work hard, but don’t be a slave to your desk. Find a balance. You want to get on in life, but you also want to make sure that you have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. For more tips to boost your mental health, you may find this article useful https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/women-s-mental-health-matters/201510/9-ways-you-can-improve-your-mental-health-today.
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If you had a bad back, you probably wouldn’t hesitate to see your doctor and tell your colleagues at work why you’re not performing at full capacity. With mental health illnesses, we tend to be more secretive and more reluctant to seek help. There’s no shame in asking for advice if you’re finding it difficult to get through the day or you’re not feeling yourself. Talking can lift a weight off your shoulders and help you feel more confident that you’re moving in the right direction and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
We tend to be obsessed with a picture of health that is focused on defined muscles, glowing skin, and glossy hair. The truth is that you can have a healthy body and still not be firing on all cylinders. Your mind matters too. Hopefully, this guide will encourage you to pay more attention to your mental health and take steps to protect your well-being.