Your mental health affects the way you think, feel, behave. It determines the way you cope with stress, communicate, form relationships, overcome challenges, self-confidence and all other aspects of your life. Basically, your mental health to a great extent shapes your life.
So, logically, it’s extremely important. Luckily, you can work on it; there are many ways to take control over it and build a strong, positive mental health. It doesn’t mean you’ll never feel down or that you’ll never feel stressed. It means that, when you face hardships, feel sad, depressed, stressed etc., you’ll be able to bounce back to a healthy mental state more quickly and efficiently. You’ll have higher self-esteem, a sense of meaning, a positive relationship to challenges in life and flexibility to adapt to change.
How to Boost Positive Mental Health
Generally speaking, there are 6 aspects that contribute to positive mental health:
- Social connection
- Physical activity
- Managing stress
- Healthy diet
- Quality sleep
- Meaning and purpose
This great article offers realistic and attainable actions to take to help maintain positive mental health: http://helpguide.org/mental/mental_emotional_health.htm. It gives some great advice on all of these 6 aspects of mental health and is full of useful info.
In the modern age, we’re obsessed by seeking simple answers to complex problems. We look for connection with others by compulsively checking social media instead of reaching out to people in the real world; to boost our mood and ease depression we take a pill, rather than address the underlying issues. The truth is that, whatever your issues, there are things you can do to improve the way you feel and experience greater mental and emotional well-being. And you can start doing them today!
Remember, this is your life. Make and sustain positive change.