Mental health and physical health go hand and hand. Professionals link the two and discuss them more, but for a while, this was not a commonly agreed-upon ideology. A person’s mental health has a huge impact on everything they do. From the decisions we make. to the way we interact with our loved ones, a sound mind is important for a person to show up as the best possible version of themselves. Mental health can be fragile if people do not have the proper skills to help them work through the struggles of life. Lacking the ability to keep a sound mind can lead to a whole other set of problems such as different mental health disorders, substance use disorder, or even strained relationships with loved ones.
What is Mental Health?
Mental Health is defined as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.” Mental health affects everything we do because everything we do starts in our brains, so it is important to protect it. There are many different ways in which our minds can become unhealthy. This includes physical ailments such as brain cancer, a brain bleed, or even an infection in the brain. It also includes mental ailments such as hormone imbalances in the brain that cause mental health disorders, such as depression.
Mental health disorders are very common in the US and about 20.6% of adults experience them. About 16.5% of teenagers experience mental health disorders, and about 3.8% of all adults have a comorbid substance use disorder along with their mental health disorder. So you certainly are not alone. Millions of people struggle with caring for their mental health because the US does not have a very heavy emphasis on mental health care. This is something that could be addressed within schools in the US because teaching positive mental health skills starts from a young age.
Effects of Poor Mental Health
Many mental health disorders such as major depression and anxiety disorders can be caused by a certain stressor and healed once the stressor is lifted. There are also more severe cases of these disorders that stick with people even after the stressor is lifted. A person can also be born with a disorder due to genetics. Sometimes when a person already has a hormone imbalance that is not causing symptoms, a specific stressor can trigger the onset of a mental health disorder. Sometimes that may cause mild symptoms to worsen or someone develops another mental health disorder such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, or even bipolar disorder.
Hormone imbalances can be natural and genetic, or they can be caused by extremely stressful situations. Either way, once a person’s mental health begins to deteriorate it can cause drastic changes in their life. As with most things, when people give a little love, attention, and care to their mental health, they can see it begin to flourish before their eyes.
Ways to Care for Your Mental Health
Caring for your mental health should be just as important as caring for your physical health. You can take a moment to give your brain a small boost of endorphins anywhere. There are more complex ways a person can care for their mental as well, but these tips and tricks are very helpful for people as they move through their busy lives. A few ways to do this include:
- Deep breathing: Our breath is more important to our bodies than we even realize. Yes, it is an important function for us to live, but it is also a wonderful resource for us to regulate the things going on in our bodies. When we are in a high-stress situation our breath becomes shorter and harder. This allows us to flood our bodies with oxygen as quickly as possible, so we can keep moving. It also is an indicator that adrenaline might be needed. However, when we slow our breathing down, that is an indication to our bodies that we are safe. Deep breathing can help a person’s entire body calm down, as it sends endorphins throughout the brain, boosting your mood and allowing you to release tension in the body.
- Stretching: Releasing tension in the body releases stress, allowing our bodies to relax more. When we stretch regularly and throughout the day we allow our body to release tension from different stressful situations.
- Journaling: Writing things down is a wonderful way for us to fully understand our feelings, process them, and release them. This can help a person deal with coping with their emotions. Daily journaling is also a wonderful way to set the tone and intention for your day. When you know what you expect from a day it can make the day smoother.
Mental Health: A Daily Job
Caring for your mental health is a daily decision. When we don’t care for our mental health, we leave ourselves open to possibilities of mental health disorders, creating physical health issues, or even creating a substance use disorder. That is why we must be intentional with our mental health care.
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