To a healthier life - by focusing on your mental health first.
Mental health is the state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral result. Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing – it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. Mental health can affect daily life, relationships, and sometimes even physical health.
When we think of health, we automatically steer in the direction of physical or mental health. There are obviously different types of dimensions of health such as spiritual, emotional, intellectual and social. People may focus on one wellness more than the other, whether that’s wanting to feel physically fit or spiritually in line with oneself to feel “healthy”.
I have always felt deeply about mental health. I believe mental health is one, if not the most, important thing to take care of. Especially during times like these, where you may go through a mental breakdown by not being able to see someone or knowing someone impacted by COVID-19.
Mental illness. The types of mental illnesses range from mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia), eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and more. It is important to take care of your mental health so you do not succumb to these illnesses. I have experienced seeing a friend or family member going through this and let me tell you, it can be so f*cking scary.
Being aware of your mental health should be imperative. Employers nowadays are and SHOULD be focusing on the well-being of their employees. If you know someone that may be going through the emotions right now, whether that’s feeling extremely sad, finding difficulty concentrating, or being anxious and irritable, please reach out to them. Let them know that you are there to listen and show them that you care.
Stress is a key factor in our mental well-being. You must manage how we think, feel, act and manage stress properly to have a stronger mental health, which can be incredibly hard. The more you are in control of what actually matters in your life instead of focusing on the little things is the first step.
Every person is different. Every situation is different. Anything can happen to anyone. Mental illnesses are growing each year and learning more about it and letting others be aware should be our main priority. If you are stressed, take a break. If you are lost, talk to someone. Mental illnesses are the most common health conditions in the United States.
“More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.”
These can also all go away. Mentality is always key. Believing in yourself and how you handle things differently can make a huge difference. Even the little things, having anxiety or not being able to eat because you're sad is a sign of having poor mental health. Take care of yourself. Please. I’ve seen those that have not, and it’s not only good for you but also for the ones that care about you.
If you are struggling with a mental health issue, please reach out to a family member, a friend, or even me - hopefully I can help. Just having someone who can listen to you during what you’re going through is refreshing.
Again, mental health is mental wealth. May is Mental Health Awareness month so let’s be prepared and support those who are feeling lost and/or struggling. You, just like everyone else in the universe, deserve your own love and affection.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation”. - Glenn Close
Another Lost Boy