Mental Health is your level of emotional well-being, the capacity to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life’s inevitable challenges. Though not as obvious, maintaining our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. Many factors can affect our mental health such as diet and exercise, our sense of purpose, family issues, relationships, work-life balance, and stress.
Taking care of ourselves is paramount to our mental health. This means choosing behaviors that balance the effects of physical and emotional stress: eating healthy foods, exercising, relaxation techniques, getting enough sleep, pursuing creative outlets and abstaining from substance use. Click here to watch a free webinar about prioritizing self-care.
Ways to Improve Your Mental Health:
- Connect face-to-face with supportive people
- Get moving in fun ways – as much and as often as you are able
- Explore a variety of techniques for managing stress
- Choose a diet rich in omega-3 fats to support mental health
- Get enough quality sleep – 7 to 9 hours a night
- Invest in activities that give your life meaning and purpose
One in 5 adults experience a mental health condition every year. Mental Illness is common and can affect a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. It may affect the ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis. Mental Health Recovery refers to finding ways of resolving these issues and creating a more positive, and satisfying way of life. Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process. Click here to learn more about mental health recovery.
Overcoming the stigma of seeking help for a mental health issue can be difficult, and choosing the right mix of treatments and supports that work for you is an important step towards recovery. Services for mental health conditions will vary from person to person. Even people with the same diagnosis will have different experiences, needs, goals and objectives. There is no “one size fits all” treatment. Click here to learn more about mental health services and options.
Mental Health Services
Mental health professionals receive training to help people with mental health problems. Working with a counselor can lead to better ways of thinking and living. Mental health services can assist with developing life skills and improving relationships among other things. Click here to learn more about choosing a mental health professional.