Mental health can be loosely defined as a state of mental wellbeing where you are able to recognize and utilize your own abilities, to work and function productively under normal conditions of everyday life, and be able to interact and contribute to society without emotional stress and fear. Most of us don’t realize the state of mental health we are in, and worse still we do very little to take care of it.
But mental health is something that has the potential to be fully restored with proper care. To reinforce the concept, World Mental Health Day is being celebrated on October 10th. Here we take a look at the ways to evaluate mental wellness and methods to keep it in shape.
Mental health comprises social, psychological as well as emotional wellbeing. So signs of withdrawal in any one of the ideal states can mean something is causing an ailment. So how do you detect the early signs of such ailments? Well unlike physical ailments, mental ailments are quite hard to detect in the earlier stages thanks to mental conditioning and current social environment.
But certain markers show definitive signs or at least hints to the prevailing mental problems. Signs such as overeating or eating too little, withdrawing from normal social activities, losing inspiration or becoming detached from normal life, feeling dependent or too awkward to do things on your own, or plain depression –can all point to a mental imbalance.
October will offer you several chances to learn more about mental health, Mental Illness Awareness Week is held between October 4th and 10th. National Depression Screening Day is held October 8th and World Mental Health Day on October 10th of this year.
Depression is one of the serious symptoms of poor mental health. One way to counteract depression is to obtain physical exercise; not only does it help to release the feel-good hormones but can also get you in shape which can instill the necessary confidence to be part of the society. The other poignant way is finding inspiration through interaction, both directly and indirectly. Directly in the form of conversations and indirectly through print media such as books, biographies, history, and you get the picture.
Being able to find time for yourself and your own pursuits can be instrumental in maintaining a proper state of mind. With continuous distractions and exposure to indirect boasting and bullying through social media, it can be hard to value oneself and dedicate time to their own pursuits. So take your time off, follow your own goals rather than others and feel well about your own accomplishment. In addition workout regularly and eat healthy and get your regular dose of sleep for a happy life.
Written by Benjamin Roussey for bodono.
Benjamin Roussey is from Sacramento, CA. He has two master’s degrees and served four years in the US Navy. His bachelor’s degree is from CSUS (1999) where he was on a baseball pitching scholarship. He has an MBA in Global Management from the Univ. of Phoenix (2006) where he attributes his writing prowess. He has worked everywhere from small businesses to large corporations, and also for public agencies. He has lived in Korea and Saudi Arabia where he was an ESL instructor. He misses Saudi food and living in Korea. Benjamin has a tremendous work ethic and is quite focused. Now he writes professionally for several clients that covers one sector of our economy to another. Currently he lives in the Phoenix area after living in Cabo San Lucas, MX for 3 years. He enjoys sports, movies, reading, and current events when he is not working online: www.infinista.com.