Most pharmaceuticals carry and offer vitamins and food supplements to help us achieve a healthier body. We spend so much money and time just to be physically healthy. We even go to the gym. We also allocate a specific time in our daily or sometimes weekly schedule to run or to do rounds of biking. We also avail of the pre-ordered food with counted calories as part of our journey to achieving the healthier us. But is this really all we need to be healthy?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Health is a state of complete social well-being, mental, physical and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” With this being said, no matter how many apples we eat everyday to keep the doctor away, complete health does not necessarily follow. We still need to have social and mental well-being as well for us to call ourselves healthy individuals. However, unfortunately, we forget most of the time that being socially and mentally healthy is also important. Especially mental health which is disregarded most of the time; therefore, early prevention and cure are unidentifiable.
Being the only responsible person for ourselves, we should be aware that series of social, psychological, and biological factors decide one’s level of mental health at any point of time. Furthermore, poor mental health is also associated with fast-paced social change, stressful work conditions, unhealthy lifestyle, past trauma, physical ill-health and human rights violations.
Correspondingly, specific psychological and personality factors can also make people vulnerable to mental disorders and there are some biological causes of mental disorders including genetic factors which contribute to imbalances in chemicals in the brain.
However, no matter how stressful our days are or how moody our hormones will be, below are the simple ways to maintain a healthy mental disposition.
- Appreciate yourself. Be kind, respectful and avoid criticizing yourself. Put an effort to make time for you to do your favorite hobby to do something new which will widen your horizon.
- Take care of your body. Eat healthy, drink plenty of water, exercise, get enough sleep, avoid smoking or if you can stop, be encouraged to do so and see a better and healthier you later.
- Surround yourself with good people. Having a good circle of friends during Friday night is good but having stronger family connections and smaller but more genuine friendships are healthier. Go out with your family and try doing new activities and have fun with them.
- Dismiss the stress. Stress will always be a part of our lives so better have good coping skills. You might want to try walking, playing with your pet or writing your head off as your outlets of stress. And don’t forget wear that beautiful smile and believe that laughter is the best medicine.
- Empty your mind. Thinking too much is stressful. So as remembering so many things. You can consider keeping a journal so everything that’s running in your head can be transcribed in a piece of paper and you will not have to worry about remembering anything because it’s all in your notes.
- Try new things. Tired of having bread in the morning? Try switching to pancakes just to break the monotony. To further excite your nerves, try doing something new like having a new hairdo.
- Say NO to drugs and excessive alcohol. Yes, TGIFs are great but having too much to drink is not even close to having a nice and fun night. Also, let’s all put in mind that the usage of illegal drugs will take you nowhere.
- Seek help when you need it. To prevent things from getting complicated or worse, seeking for help when you need it is advised. You should not be shy or feel embarrassed when seeking for help; in fact, it’s a sign of strength. You just need to encourage yourself because those who are treated early and appropriately can recover from mental illness.