The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmary.
Every 15 minutes, someone dies from completing suicide. That’s roughly thirty-eight thousand suicides annually; to put that into perspective, twice as many people die from traffic fatalities in a year.
So what’s happening? Well, roughly 90 percent of all suicides are related to mental health illnesses, and global mental health is an area of Public Health.
That’s a little behind the World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
There it is right there mental well-being is part of the definition of health. So why is it that we are so timid around this topic? Well, It’s because mental health is frequently stigmatized around the world, and some Cultures don’t even have words to describe mental health illnesses.
Wellness tips for improving your mental health
I’ve struggled with mental illness. The medication I take helps most of the time. But sometimes, when I’m stressed or overworked, my symptoms creep up on me, and I have to work really hard to get them under control again.
But over the years, I’ve learned a few strategies that have helped me deal with my symptoms before they become a big problem.
These tips have really helped me stay healthy and positive. Here are practical ways to achieve better mental health and balance in your life, such as practicing gratitude, connecting with others, and maintaining physical health.
Focus on the positive
First, I try to focus on the positive things in my life. I think about the family, friends, and treatment team members supporting my recovery journey. I know they are there to help me find solutions.
I feel much better if I come up with solutions instead of just focusing on the negatives. And each day, I deliberately take time to appreciate and recognize everything I am thankful for.
I’ll write in my journal, send my friends thank you cards, or help others. When I focus on all the good stuff in my life, I don’t spend as much time thinking about the bad stuff.
Connect with other
I need to connect with others. Being around my friends and family always puts me in a better mood and helps my self-esteem. These meaningful relationships help me maintain a positive attitude, which gives me space for personal growth.
Maintain physical health
It’s also very important for me to stay physically fit. I try to eat a healthy diet, exercise a little each day, and get enough sleep, as directed by my physician. I always feel great after working out, even if it’s just a walk around the block.
Develop Strong Coping Skills
One of the hardest things for me was developing coping skills that worked for me. It was tough to learn how to respond in a healthy way to stress, sadness, criticism, and negativity.
I could return to being myself when I learned what worked for me. One way I learned to cope is by writing about my negative experiences and how they made me feel.
Get Professional Help
I also got professional help when I needed it. I learned to recognize the signs and symptoms that I knew were warning signs that I was not doing so well.
And I found it’s better to reach out for help sooner rather than later. Asking for help takes courage, and I am so glad I asked my wife to help me find a therapist.
My therapist helps me in ways that my friends and family can’t. Don’t get me wrong, and their support is also very important to me.
It took me a while to start putting these strategies into play. It didn’t happen overnight. I tried them one by one.
Some work better for me than others, but everyone’s different. So, I take my medication as directed by my doctor, and when I’m feeling extra stressed, I know I have the tools to help me get back on track.
Talk with your doctor, try these tips, and find the strategies that work for you.
Learning about mental health is crucial for us all to imagine a better future for everyone.