Did you know that every January is Mental Wellness Month? By definition, mental wellness refers to the state of emotion of psychological well-being in which a person is able to use their emotional and cognitive capabilities. This way, a person is able to function and meet the demands of daily life.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental wellness encompasses more than the absence of mental illness. The state of well-being means that an individual is able to realize their abilities, cope with normal stressors in life as well as make a contribution to the society.
Marking mental wellness in January (and beyond)
January marks mental wellness month globally. The movement was started to help people take better care of their mental health. This approach takes a proactive angle to keep off a negative mental scale. Aspects of daily life can profoundly affect one’s mental state. These range from financial constraints to work-life balance, relationships and chronic illness.
In this state of mind, one may experience erratic sleeping patterns, social isolation, mood swings and low energy levels. When discerned early, it is possible to improve one’s mental state. Below are some tips that you can use to maintain a positive state of mind.
Take care of your body
Physical exercise is one of the ways in which you can ensure mental wellness. Exercise helps manage anxiety and reduces tension in the muscles, both of which are associated with prolonged stress. In addition to this, exercise helps the body release endorphins. Endorphins are body chemicals that trigger positive feelings in the body and reduce stress.
Taking care of your body also means eating healthy. Processed foods not only affect one physically, they also impact one’s mental health negatively. These foods slow the body’s metabolism and cause you to feel more fatigued. Opt for healthy foods and more fruits and vegetables.
Selfcare means doing the things and activities that enhance your emotional and mental health. It means making yourself a priority above everything else. Figuratively speaking, it is wearing the oxygen mask before trying to save anyone else. This goes a long way in taking care of one’s mental health.
Selfcare looks different for everyone. Getting adequate sleep, meditating, journaling and unplugging from the internet are all examples of selfcare. Other examples of selfcare include doing something creative, positive affirmations and taking time to recuperate.
Maintain social connections
For many people, maintaining social connections is an integral part of mental wellness. Surround yourself with people who build and encourage you. These connections not only help to keep you grounded, they are also a reminder that you are not alone. Having someone to share with, dance with and laugh with makes a big difference.
Set realistic goals
Setting unrealistic goals is one of the ways how mental wellness is challenged. To counter this, decide what you would like to achieve. It helps to break down these goals into doable tasks and then working towards them at your pace. There is an incredible sense of achievement as you tick off the tasks. A number of tools are available to help you keep track of your progress.
Do not be afraid to ask for help
If you feel the need to, get in touch with a mental health care provider or therapist. There is no shame in asking for help. A mental health care provider is trained to help you cope. Additionally, the professionals can help you create a plan to look after your mental health. In more severe situations, one may need medication to help them cope. The bottomline is that there is no shame in having a mental illness. It is not a sign of weakness.
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