As the saying goes, “Health is wealth”. But true health isn’t just about physical wellbeing. Mental health is just as important. Looking after your mental health is the key to a healthier, happier, and more productive life.
The reality is that mental health issues are far more common than you might think. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide. Mental issues are so widespread that an estimated 350 million people live with depression worldwide, and it’s estimated that 21.4% of the global population will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to look after your mental health and improve your wellbeing. The first step is to educate yourself and become aware of the signs of mental health issues. It’s important to keep an eye out for any prolonged changes in your mood or behavior and to be alert to any signs that could indicate a problem. Common signs of mental health issues include difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, and loss of interest in activities that used to bring you pleasure.
Depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide.World Health Organization (WHO)
It’s also important to take steps to prevent mental health issues before they arise. Regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep can all help to keep your mind healthy and functioning at its best. Additionally, it’s important to make time for activities that you enjoy and to connect with people that make you feel good, as these can all help to improve your mental wellbeing.
Of course, sometimes issues with mental health can be more serious and require professional help. If you think you’re struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issue, it’s important to reach out and seek help. Many people are reluctant to seek professional help due to fear or stigma, but it’s imperative to remember that mental health support is available, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Ask your primary care provider for a referral to a mental health professional, or if you’re not comfortable talking to your doctor, there are various hotlines available that can provide support and guidance.
Taking care of your mental health is an ongoing process, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone is different and there are various things that can help to improve our overall mental health. The important thing is to be aware of the signs of issues and to make sure to take the steps necessary to keep your mind healthy and functioning at its best.
It’s time to stop ignoring and to start taking active steps to look after our minds. Mental health issues are far too common, and by taking steps to take care of our minds, we can make a huge difference to our lives and the lives of those around us. Start with simple things that bring you pleasure such as a walk outside, or a call to a beloved friend. Small changes, especially regular changes, can increase our mental stability and help us enjoy more and more the things that bring us wellness.