National Emotional Wellness Month: Mental Health is as Important as Physical Wellbeing
Remember, there is no health without mental health!!
The Mental Health America (MHA) reports that over 40 million Americans suffer from at least one mental problem. In the wake of the need for emotional wellness nationwide, October is observed as the National Emotional Wellness Month with an aim to spread awareness about gaining control of emotions to avoid unnecessary stress and experience positive emotions.
Any kind of emotional upheaval can make the life miserable. But there is always a hope, provided the symptoms of distress are not ignored and acted upon at the right time. Medication and support go a long way in weeding out negative emotions and thinking patterns that develop as a result of stress for people suffering from emotional or behavioral issues.
What is mental wellbeing?
Mental wellbeing does not have a single universal definition, but it does encompass factors such as:
The sense of feeling good about ourselves and being able to function well individually or in relationships, the ability to deal with the ups and downs of life, such as coping with challenges and making the most of opportunities, the feeling of connection to our community and surroundings, having control and freedom over our lives or having a sense of purpose and feeling valued.
With good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential, cope with life and play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.
One thing that we need to understand here is that mental wellbeing does not mean being happy all the time and it does not mean you won’t experience negative or painful emotions, such as grief, loss, or failure, which are a part of normal life. However, whatever your age, mindfulness can help you lead a mentally healthier life and improve your wellbeing.
How stress affects your emotional/mental health?
Although a certain amount of stress is normal, if it persists over long period, it is a matter of concern. When stress starts hampering the ability to lead the normal life for a prolonged period, it holds the potential to cause emotional as well as physical problems.
Chronic stress can increase one’s vulnerability to multiple conditions, such as depressive disorders, cardiovascular ailments, obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Since chronic diseases can take a long time to manifest, afflicted individuals may be unaware that stress is the contributing factor behind. Unhealthy practices like poor diet, drinking, smoking or restricted physical activity can also increase the chance of severe health problems. Techniques like mindfulness to boost emotional wellness are used to manage stress in a healthy way. They can also be used to reduce the levels of anxiety and depression, which, in turn, contribute to one’s mental and physical well-being.
Mindfulness for emotional wellbeing:
Mindfulness helps us become more aware of our thoughts and feelings, instead of being overwhelmed by them. It makes us better to be able to manage them. Mindfulness can be used as a tool to manage your mental as well as emotional health or wellbeing.
We all go through times when we feel down, stressed or frightened. Most of the times, those feelings disappear over time. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem. And this could happen to any one of us.
Therefore, it’s important to maintain your mental health. But being mentally healthy doesn’t mean that you don’t have a mental or emotional condition.
How to manage stress and stay healthy:
You can choose to make your life better by establishing certain lifestyle habits related to physical and mental health that prevent negativity and can complement the recovery process. The following steps can improve an individual’s emotional as well as physical wellness:
- Laughing every day is the key to emotional wellness. Remember the saying laughter is the best medicine. 😊
- Stay in the company of positive people. Just like pessimism and sadness, happiness, too, is contagious.
- Enhance your time management skills to handle the avoidable loads of stress in life.
- Reading books, seeking therapies, participating in wellness forums or support groups, go a long way in breaking free from emotional struggles.
- Being conscious of not rushing into conclusions or a victim of pessimism.
- Communicating openly with others serves as a health outlet to vent out undesirable emotions bottled up inside.
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Mental health is a critical part of a complete wellness that includes both physical health and mental health. In fact, there is no health without mental health!
If you or a loved one is going through spells of stress or emotional instabilities, it is desirable to see your psychologist to sget consultation and treatment. All mental health conditions should be treated timely, appropriately and seriously to stop them from taking over our entire health
Your psychologist will work closely with you to provide care and build an accurate treatment plan for immediate intervention.
Mental health has no less importance than physical well-being. In most cases, both are correlated. With mental or emotional problems come many other health issues. And when you are unwell or going through body pain or other physical medical conditions, you are at risk of developing some emotional conditions.
To end with, here are some of the crux of this article:
- 40 million Americans have at least one mental or emotional problem
- Prolonged untreated mental health problems may lead to severe mental and physical health conditions
- Mindfulness is the best way to avoid mental health issues
- Healthy and active lifestyle can also help deal with stress and other mental health problems
- Mental health problems can also be treated with medication and practices like yoga and meditation
October is the National Emotional Wellness Month. Let’s spread the word about the problems of leading a stressful life. Please share this article with your friends.
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