There are lots of ways to maintain physical health, but we often ignore our mental health. One’s well-being is categorized by physical and mental health and without one, you cannot have the other. That’s why mental health is essential to our daily lives – both socially and professionally.
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, or ADAA, about 40 million adults deal with anxiety and of those, only 36.9% actually obtain treatment. Also, Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, affects 16.1 million Americans and the median age for developing MDD is around 32 years. These numbers equate to about 12% who experience anxiety and almost 5% who suffer from MDD – a substantial portion of the American population!
In a Funk?
If you are struggling to get out of a funk, take time to review the major categories of your life to identify the source. Consider your work life, social life, family life and physical health. These all play a significant role in mental health. When you decide to take control of your life, you are deciding to create a healthy mind.
Tips to Ensure Mental Health
Staying on top of our mental health is a very individualized process since mental health challenges are unique to each of us, and there is no cookie-cutter process to managing these challenges. Here are some tips to finding out the ways in which you can ensure a healthy mind!
- Make a list of activities/hobbies you love, or try something new! Plant a garden, take dance lessons or do a crossword puzzle. Try to do at least one small fun activity each day.
- Get together with friends or plan a social event once a week! Having something to look forward to is the best way to keep your spirits up throughout the week.
- Be physical every day. Find out what you like to do that will get you on your feet, even if it is just a daily walk! Physical activity has been proven to result in major benefits for the mind.
- Surround yourself with happy people and avoid the ones who bring you down. Stay in touch with supportive family and friends, or make new ones by joining clubs, classes or groups.
- Quiet your mind – try mediation or prayer. Relaxation exercises are great for stress relief and improving our state of mind.
- Track your mood. Try making a monthly grid where you can color in each box depending on the overall tone for the day. After looking at it, think about what caused you to be happier or not-so-happy that day. Introspection is key!
Get Help – Don’t be Shy!
Or talk to your doctor for a referral.
So many of us experience some form of mental health challenge during our lifetime, and there has never been so much public focus on addressing these challenges. Mental health was once a taboo subject, but not anymore!