We all know how good it is to be healthy, but we often neglect our mental health, under the pretext that we think we are strong enough and stable so that we never have problems like that. But today, we propose to discuss this subject without taboo. What needs to be done to ensure you maintain good mental health? Remember that the key to a fulfilling life is undoubtedly the health of the body and mind.
As a society, we take our mental health for granted. But, just like the state of our body, it is very important to monitor the healthy state of our psyche.
Mental Health in INDIA
When it comes to countries, India is the most depressed country in the world, according to the World Health Organisation, followed by China and the USA. India, China and the US are the most affected countries by anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to WHO.
A study reported in WHO, conducted for the NCMH (National Care Of Medical Health), states that at least 6.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of the serious mental disorder, with no discernible rural-urban differences. Though there are effective measures and treatments, there is an extreme shortage of mental health workers like psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors.
The average suicide rate in India is 10.9 for every lakh people and the majority of people who commit suicide are below 44 years of age.
The World Health Organization defines Mental Health as follows:
Mental Health is a state of well-being in which a person is able to realize his potential, cope with ordinary life stresses, work productively and fruitfully and also contribute to the life of his community.
This term is quite broad, therefore, several criteria are usually distinguished for determining mental health:
- Awareness of the continuity, constancy and identity of one’s physical and mental self;
- Criticality to oneself and one’s own mental activity and its results;
- Ability to self-management by behaviour in accordance with social norms, rules, laws;
- The ability to plan their own life and implement these plans;
- A sense of constancy and identity of experiences in similar situations;
- The ability to change behaviour depending on changing life situations and circumstances.
In the case when a person does not have these qualities, one can judge mental ill-health. It manifests itself in the disorientation of the personality, avoiding responsibility, dependence on bad habits, passivity, increased anxiety, loss of faith in oneself, hostility towards others.
Don’t confuse Mental health with Psychological health
It is necessary to distinguish between mental and psychological health. Mental health is a set of mental attitudes that allow us to respond and adapt to environmental conditions. This is a subjective representation of objective reality, an adequate perception of oneself and the ability to think critically and much more.
Despite the frequent use of “Psychological health” as a synonym for mental health, there are differences between them. Psychological health in its definition characterizes the personality as a whole, takes into account the characteristics of motivational, cognitive, emotional, volitional activities.
Why is it important to pay attention to your mental health?
When a person has flu or a cold, he takes pills, medicines, undergoes a course of treatment. However, under stress, feelings of anxiety, he does nothing. Excessive anxiety and stress can contribute to the development of certain heart diseases, weaken the strength of the immune system. Mental problems can also increase the likelihood of improper behavioural choices, which is manifested in addiction to smoking and drugs, alcohol abuse.
Mental health is very important in terms of communication, especially in the family. It allows you to maintain a healthy atmosphere among close people, properly educate children, giving them the necessary care. Mentally healthy people are less likely to be affected by negative social factors, and less likely to commit illegal actions.
Thus, when a person is free from depression, anxiety, excessive stress and anxiety, he can live fully, fully realized and enjoy.
Some ways to improve Mental Health:
1. Choose what makes you happier
The more happy and pleasant experiences you have in your life, the better your general condition will be. Therefore, it is important that in your weekly routine there are enough reasons for a feeling of happiness – they, like a gold reserve, increase resistance to stress and life’s upsets.
2. Be alone
No, this recommendation is not only for introverts. It has been proven that most people feel better after 20-30 minutes of loneliness. This is especially true for those whose life is going quite rapidly due to the specifics of work, family composition or other external factors. It is very important to allow yourself to remain silent for a while.
3. Be with people
It is possible and necessary to go to people not only when it’s bad – but also when it’s good, and when nothing, and when somehow. Being with someone nearby, living something together is a unique healing practice.
4. Avoid negative activity
It turns out that people who mock and laugh at others (in English there is a term for this: snark) do not feel better after that. And globally, oddly enough, they often evaluate themselves as unhappy. I think the cause-effect relationship is this: the need for sarcasm, cruelty and humiliation of others often arises on some dysfunctional personal base.
5. Listen to body and mind signals
The human body is a unique self-healing and self-cleaning system. It has many “sensors” that record unwanted and harmful effects, and many ways to give an alarm that something needs to be changed. The only pity is that we rarely hear these signals – we usually have more important goals and objectives. So this point is about self-care and intuition.
6. Do exercise
When you play sports, not only a lot of good things happen on your physical level in your body, but also substances are produced that affect your well-being and mood. For example, endorphins are a great thing. Fall into this natural source of pleasure at least occasionally.
7. Maintain Good Relations
Do you know what good relationships are for your mental health? It’s one of the pillars that helps you to stay on your own and do the right thing, but also and above all to maintain good mental health. We advise you to have good relationships to have friends and family at your side during the darkest periods of your life.