Many people are still afraid to seek help from a professional when it comes to mental health. It is still common for some to wonder what others will think if they find out they are in therapy. There is still a lack of education on the subject and on the importance of having good mental health in order to achieve a state of integral health.
Beyond the absence of diseases, mental health refers to a state of complete well-being, and is determined by multiple factors that can be social, psychological, biological and personality.
May is the month that has been dedicated to mental health awareness, which promotes mental health education and the importance of maintaining it at different stages of life, as this can help us to:
- Facing the stress of life.
- To be physically healthy.
- Maintain good relationships.
- Work productively.
- Achieving full potential.
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 25% of people will suffer from a mental health disorder in their lifetime, so today I want to invite you to take care of your mental health and share with you some valuable tools to preserve it and have a better quality of life.
How to take care of mental health?
Just as the body requires care to be healthy, it is also essential to pay attention to your mind, your emotions and be alert to any signs. Invite you to implement the following recommendations to maintain your mental health:
Find the balance between positive and negative emotions. Having a positive attitude does not mean not feeling negative emotions, but feeling them, working on them and overcoming them.
Practice gratitude. It is important to spend time every day thanking for the good things in life, recognizing positive emotions allow us to have a different perspective.
Take care of your physical health. There are three simple ways to take care of your body’s health, start practicing them to achieve a greater well-being: do some physical activity, devote enough time to rest, and adopt healthy eating habits.
Connect with others. Having healthy relationships with others is important for human beings. Establish relationships with family and friends and get involved with your community.
Focus on a life purpose. You can focus on your professional life, volunteering, learning new skills or spirituality.
Strengthen your coping skills. These methods will allow you to face life’s challenging situations in a better way.
Practice meditation. Connect your body and mind with this practice, you can find the type of meditation that best aligns with your interest.
Use relaxation techniques. There are several techniques you can use to relax your body. Some of them are: progressive relaxation, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and deep breathing exercises.
Devote time to your hobbies. Doing activities that you enjoy helps you feel better and distracts you from your daily worries.
Stimulate your brain. Chess, crossword puzzles, mandalas, among others, distract you and are a very good option to stimulate your brain.
While all the techniques above mentioned are valuable tools for taking care of your mental health, do not forget that if you feel you need the attention of a professional psychologist, seeking help is always the best option.
Ask for help
If you identify any alteration of your behaviors that can causes you concern or worry, do not hesitate to seek help:
- Find helpful information on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH).
- Access resources on treatment, medical coverage, educational materials, support groups and more at USAGov en Español
If you require immediate assistance, please contact the following lines:
- 911 for medical emergencies.
- 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) for suicide prevention.
- 1-800-985-5990 if you need support after a disaster or emergency.
- 1‑877‑SAMHSA7 (1‑877‑726‑4727) to obtain treatment referrals from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (SAMHSA)
Asking for help does not make you a weak person, on the contrary, it demonstrates the awareness with which you decide your life, the courage to face the challenging moments of life and puts you on the road to recovery.
Find balance in your life
Although some biological factors or situations may predispose us to suffer from mental illnesses or disorders, maintaining habits that help us to take care of our mental health throughout our lives will always be beneficial to our overall health and will allow us to face life in a more positive way.
That is why today, I want to remind you that leading a balanced life will always lead us to maintain good relationships with those around us, to perform better in our activities and to fully enjoy life. Listen to my podcast and find valuable tools to take care of and maintain your mental health.