What is Mental Health?
Few People understand the Importance or the concept of Mental Health. It is a state of well being in which the individual realizes his/her own abilities, can cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to the community.
In short, it is a person’s ability to enjoy life and achieve goals despite adversities. It does not mean an absence of some mental disorder or illness. Let’s address a few myths about mental health.
Myth and Facts Related to Mental Health
MYTH – A mentally healthy person is always happy.
FACT – It is not humanly possible to be happy or positive always. We confuse pleasure with happiness. We seek pleasure which is misinterpreted as happiness. This pleasure is short-lived and lands us into further problems such as procrastination, addictions and ultimately unhappiness.
MYTH – All negative Emotions are Bad.
FACT- We simply don’t want to face adversity as it makes us anxious. Negative emotions can motivate us and guide us to act. Imagine a child who has an exam the next day, but has no anxiety. Would he study at all? No. In order to avoid negative emotions, we tend to avoid/escape problems and consequently, we never learn to develop healthy coping skills.
How to Improve Mental Health
About one in five of us are suffering from an emotional or mental issue such as depression, anxiety, obsessions, addictions etc.
Here are a few simple ways with which you can improve your mental health-
- Talk about your feelings to a friend or elder, as this will help you feel supported.
- Exercise releases happy hormones and boosts energy. It has a direct and measurable impact on overall well being.
- Do something that interests you as it helps you develop skills and boost confidence.
- Self-discipline will take you where talent will not. Setting goals and taking small steps to achieve them increases our motivation.
Mental well being is about maintaining a balance in all aspects of life. if you get overwhelmed with adversities in your Life. It’s a good idea to consult a therapist. Good Luck!