Mental health is often a term many of us have heard of, but are not quite sure on what it means. Perhaps you’ve heard about the importance of mental health briefly through an organization like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), through your work or school presentations, or brief messages online. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as,
“A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
Contemplate this definition right now. What aspects of the definition ring true for you? Are there certain parts of the definition that seem disconnected from your life, or areas that you consider yourself to be less involved with? Mental health is important to maintain because if you don’t, you could develop symptoms of a mental illness – and later be diagnosed. While mental illnesses are typically treatable through medicine and therapy, it’s better to take care of your mental health now before it gets to that point.
Taking caring of your mental health often means doing the following:
- Treating yourself with kindness and respect, and avoiding self-criticism.
- Taking care of your body through eating nutritiously, drinking plenty of water, getting adequate exercise, and plenty of good sleep.
- Surrounding yourself with people who love and support you – people who care about your well-being.
- Helping other people through volunteering
- Practicing healthy coping skills when challenging situations arise
- Engaging in mindfulness, meditation, or prayer to help ground you and open your perspective on life
- Set realistic goals for yourself
- Try new things every once in a while
- Avoid substance use
- Seek help if you notice you need it
Mental health is one of the most overlooked – yet, most important – aspects of living a happy, healthy life. If you can take care of yourself in the ways mentioned above, you set yourself up for good chances of warding off any mental illnesses that could arise. If you do experience symptoms of a mental illness, seek appropriate help from a reputable treatment center. It’s never too late.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.