Am I content in my job or in my retirement? Do I have positive and fulfilling relationships? Do I have a zeal for life? Do I effectively deal with stress and bounce back from hard times? If you answered no to any of these questions, let’s dive into what mental health means and how to improve yours.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is everything from your psychological, emotional, and social wellbeing to how you handle stress and relate to others. It is important throughout your life, from childhood to adulthood.
Strong mental health is not the total absence of mental and emotional setbacks. We all experience disappointments and life-changing events that cause sadness, anxiety, and stress.
Rather, another name for mental health is mental wellness. It includes positive ways to rebound from life-changing adversity and losses.
Are Mental Health and Stress Management Related?
Our mental health helps us handle stress, think clearly, and be productive.
On the other hand, long-term stress is a serious problem that can lead to mental health issues such as:
- anxiety and depression
- substance abuse
- sleep problems
- pain and bodily complaints.
Ways to Improve Your Mental Health
The most obvious way is to learn ways to manage out-of-control and long-term stress. (More about this in future blog articles.
5 More Ways
- keep active with regular exercise
- eat healthier replacing sugar and additives with fruits and veggies
- practice meditation to focus on the present instead of the past and the future
- engage in hobbies you enjoy
- connect with others who are positive (friends, support groups