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Mental Health for Well-being

Mental health is Important

Today the lives of all individuals are at such a fast pace that we hardly get time to focus on our Health. People are engrossed in day-to-day activities which is making them physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. So when it comes to health one needs to take care of all three aspects: physical, emotional, and mental.

Mental health is an important part of our well-being. It’s easy to take your mental health and well-being for granted until something goes wrong, such as a traumatic event, the end of a relationship, or the loss of a loved one. Mental health affects nearly one in five adults daily. Mental wellness impacts our ability to cope with stressors in life, recognize when we need support from others, and manage stress so it doesn’t impact our day-to-day functioning.

All individuals are struggling financially to survive a living. Every day living to fulfill the financial requirements with limited means creates a great amount of stress and ultimately increases the risk of mental health disorders. More than half percent of the population is living below the poverty line and coping with Hospital expenses and physical illness expense creates stress which further invites mental disorders. There are certain socio-economic factors and conditions such as financial comparison, huge educational loans leading to huge debts, and occupational pressures which lead to Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Attempts, Mood Disorder, Psychiatric Disorders, etc.

Mental health issues also have an impact on physical health. Anxiety, for example, can cause physical symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat and muscle tension. For all these reasons, as well as many others, mental health is as important as physical health. The two go hand-in-hand, and without adequate mental health, one cannot truly be healthy physically or emotionally.

Mental health impacts how we sleep, what we eat, and how often we exercise. It impacts how we deal with stress and how we respond to life’s challenges. An unhealthy mental state can result in insomnia, unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, and more. If left untreated, mental health issues can worsen and become chronic.

Mental health affects the people around you, too. If you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, your loved ones are likely impacted. If you have an eating disorder, your loved ones are likely impacted. If you have an obsessive-compulsive disorder, your loved ones are likely impacted. If you have a mental health issue, you may have difficulty recognizing your own needs and how your disorder affects others. This makes it even more difficult to get the help you need. For example, if you have a panic disorder, you may be unable to go to a restaurant because the anxiety you experience is so overwhelming. This may cause your loved ones to feel guilty or embarrassed, or, at the very least, uncomfortable. They may not know how to handle the situation. If you have an eating disorder, you may constantly be criticizing yourself for gaining weight, even if your loved ones are doing everything they can to help you. This could lead to feelings of inadequacy and helplessness from your loved ones.

No one is immune to struggle. Even people who seem to have it all together suffer from mental health issues, anxiety, depression, and more. If you’re experiencing mental health issues, you’re not alone. You’re not defective. You’re human. However, struggling with mental health issues can also be a positive thing. It’s through struggle that we’re able to find purpose and meaning in our lives. Having a mental health issue can help you become a better person, a better friend, and a better loved one. It can make you more empathetic and compassionate. It can make you stronger.

When you have an inadequate mental state, you aren’t able to fully experience joy in your relationships, your career, and life in general. By prioritizing your mental health, you’re setting yourself up for a healthier, more joy-filled life. A strong mental state, improve your quality of life, and make a better friend and loved one to others.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Shilpa Singhi

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