Mental health is defined as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make contributions to her or his community (World Health Organization).
Essentially Mental health refers to the quality of the cognitive aspects of health. Mental health is also multi-faceted it includes mental health, emotional health, and behavioral health. The mental aspect of health is the functioning of the brain, while emotional health is more the mood, feelings, and one’s ability to manage stress and behavioral health relates to a person’s actions or behavior in relation to their mental and emotional state; it also refers to how a person relates to people.
Mental illness has become an epidemic in the United States, 43.8 million adults experience mental illness each year (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Out of all the different mental illnesses, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease (National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Common types of mental illness:
- Clinical depression
- Anxiety disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
How to be Mentally Well?
- Take care of your physical health: exercise, eat healthily and avoid alcohol and drugs
- Get proper sleep
- Practice stress management
- Surround yourself with people who love you: family and friends
- Acts of Giving and kindness. Volunteer in your community. Giving to others has a direct positive effect on your own mental wellbeing
- Practice Prayer, Meditation, and Affirmations
- Live on Purpose. Seek your purpose and be intentional each day in living in purpose or “On Purpose”
- Be Grateful. Gratitude promotes happiness which releases and toxic emotions that can interfere with your mental health.
- Practice Emotional Intelligence (ability to manage your feelings so that they are expressed appropriately and effectively)
- Practice mindfulness. A practice of being aware of your thoughts and how they make you feel
- Watch a funny movie
- Speak positively to yourself. Recite I AM statements. This will change any unhealthy feelings
- Journal – journal when you are not in a good mood. It will help release negative thoughts. Also, you can keep a daily gratitude journal this will keep you in a positive mood and optimistic!
- Do things you enjoy. Have fun!