Mental health is defined by how we think, feel, behave and interact with others in the course of our daily lives. Mental health is an essential part of our overall health and well-being. When we’re in a good state of mental health, we’re productive and we adapt well to change and adversity. We don’t always feel blissfully happy, but we’re able to handle life’s ups and downs.
Wellness goes beyond routine visits to your doctor, staying fit and maintaining a healthy diet. It refers to overall well-being, including a balance among physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, occupational, behavioral, and spiritual health that gives us the ability to feel good about ourselves and enjoy our lives.
Tips to stay well and feel better:
Get Sleep. Lack of sleep can hinder your ability to think rationally, make good decisions and deal with stressful situations. It can also make it hard to do well in class and can make you more likely to get sick, upset or depressed. Most experts recommend 7 to 8 hours a sleep of night, but the best sleep schedule is one that works for you and fits into your schedule.
Stay Active. Research has shown that people dealing with mild to moderate depression have experienced up to a 50 percent reduction in symptoms after exercising on a regular basis. Just 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 to 5 times a week can significantly improve mood, decrease fatigue and reduce stress. Take control of your emotional health by working exercise into your weekly schedule.
Manage Stress. The key to coping with stress is to determine your personal tolerance levels for stressful situations. You must learn to accept or change stressful or tense situations whenever possible. Remember to manage your time, be realistic, share your feelings, relax and meditate.
Know Your Limits. Hanging out with friends and going to parties can be a stress reliever, but it is important to understand that using drugs or alcohol to unwind can also be detrimental to your emotional health. Abusing drugs and alcohol can cause depression, irritability, bad judgment, and insomnia.
Speak Up. If you were experiencing back pain or stomach cramps, you would probably go to your doctor or health center to get it checked out. It’s just as important to speak up and get things checked out if you are concerned about your thoughts, feelings or behavior.
Get professional help if you need it. Visit our resource section to explore helpful resources in your community.
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Pursuing overall wellness can help people cope with mental health challenges and is a vital part in the road to recovery.
Speak up. Ask for help. Get on the path to true wellness.