“Mental Health” is a term that we have all heard in our lives, and it refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It impacts how we think, feel, and act. It is critical at all stages of life, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood. We are often so focused on meeting the physical, intellectual, and spiritual goals that we overlook a critical component of our lives: our mental health.

Mental health encompasses not only the absence of mental disorders or disabilities but also the preservation of one’s happiness and well-being. Everyone, regardless of age, gender, income, or ethnicity, is at risk of developing a mental illness. As humans, we are frequently exposed to events or circumstances that can be incredibly stressful, and how well we handle these situations is critical. 

I recall going through a traumatic breakup at one time in my life, and knowing that the experience was eating me up, I convinced myself that if I could just “forget” everything and go on, I would be fine. All I did was to conceal the emotion, doing nothing about it, and it gradually impaired my interpersonal relationships, perceptions of others, and responses to situations and events in my environment. I realized I needed to take action and be deliberate in this circumstance.

Although we may not be able to control every event that occurs in our lives, we can be deliberate in how these circumstances impact our ideas, feelings, and behaviour. It’s critical to keep track of your mental health regularly because mental health and physical healthcare are closely linked, and persons with mental illnesses are more likely to develop physical illnesses and shorten their life span. The border between mental health and mental illness is thin, and neglecting one’s mental health can lead to sickness over time.

There are diverse ways to enhance your mental health, and talking about your feelings is an excellent method to keep track of your mental state. Speaking about how you feel is not a sign of weakness; it helps you to maintain good health and deal with difficult situations. Being open about the difficulties that you are experiencing can help you deal with them, especially when open to the right person(s). Others may be inspired to open up as well if you do.

If you can’t talk about your feelings, write them down in a journal. It is really beneficial to write about your thoughts, feelings, and actions. It enables you to see what motivates your actions, how you react in different situations, and which emotions, attitudes, and behaviours you should avoid.

Regular exercise can also improve your self-esteem by allowing you to focus, sleep better, and feel better. To stay healthy and function properly, your brain needs a variety of nutrients. A diet that is beneficial to your bodily well-being is also beneficial to your mental well-being.

You are, without a doubt, responsible for your own life and your mental health is no exception. Ask for help if things are getting too much for you and you don’t think you can handle it anymore.


Author: Sarah Alabi

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