Why Is Mental Health a Big Deal?

Maintaining positive mental health has become a big deal in this day and age, and why shouldn’t it? I mean after all, it is extremely important for our physical and emotional health because one affects the other….kind of like a line of dominoes!

When I say it is a “BIG DEAL” I mean that it is talked about in media, magazines, tv shows, work places, you name it. And society’s culprit? The pandemic. There always has to be a scapegoat, right? “They say” (and who is “they” anyway?!) the pandemic caused it. Well I beg to differ but I do think it catapulted what has been an age old problem into existence and now it is staring us in the face even more so than ever before. Did the pandemic cause it? No I don’t think so. Was it a contributing factor for depression and anxiety? Yes but not solely. Who WOULDN’T go nuts if the world closed down for weeks on end?

Are mental issues here to stay? News bulletin….they never left! The good news is that there are things we can do to relieve the pressure, the stress, and the anxiety that wants to hold on to some of us so effortlessly. Before going any further for solutions, let’s take a look at what mental health means.

What is mental health?

Let’s go to our good friend Marriam -Webster….

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, mental health can be defined as: the condition of being sound mentally and emotionally that is characterized by the absence of mental illness and by adequate adjustment especially as reflected in feeling comfortable about oneself, positive feelings about others, and the ability to meet the demands of daily life. …. also : the general condition of one’s mental and emotional state.

So we are basically looking at emotional, physical and social concerns; how we think, how we feel and how we relate in this wonderful world of ours. Do you know of anyone that fits the negative aspects of mental health? We all do, sad to say because it is all around us; some more severe than others. I grew up with a mother who tended to get depressed a lot and a father who most likely would be diagnosed with a type of schizophrenia if he were alive today. This is not a foreign concept to me. When I was younger I just wondered why my mom was sad a lot and why my dad questioned everything to the point of not believing people. Although I loved my parents dearly, I always thought to myself, “I hope I am never that way!” Then…..”Enter LIFE”!

Do Mental Health Issues Affect Everyone?

Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has physical health. To say to what degree on either side of the spectrum it is, is for a professional doctor to decide. Mental health issues do not choose who they affect. The right professional can determine the who, what, when, where and why of your unique situation.

If you are worried about your mental health and stability and it has been going on for longer than 6 months to a year then please see a doctor who can point you to the right direction to see a therapist or get psychiatric counseling.

How Can I Promote Good Mental Health?

This is a heavy topic, but if you feel like you need some inspiration in getting your mind in a better frame of thought, here are some positive ways that might help you.

  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Stay on your doctor’s treatment plan
  • Volunteer
  • Go to church
  • Read your bible
  • Listen to podcasts, sermons, motivational speakers on You Tube
  • Start a hobby
  • Stay off of social media
  • Limit the “news watching” to one day a week
  • Go out with a friend or group of friends
  • Get enough sleep
  • Read
  • Listen to positive music
  • Get a cat or dog (or visit a pet store)

I have dealt with anxiety most of my life and it is very real so I feel for you! If you have any comments please reach out!

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