Mental health and You: A perspective

Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel, act and determine how you handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of your life, from childhood to adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

• Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry

• Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse

• Family history of mental health problems

Looking after mental health can preserve a person’s ability to enjoy life. Doing this involves reaching a balance between life activities, responsibilities, and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

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Early Warning Signs of mental health problems

Not sure if someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

• Eating or sleeping too much or too little

• Having low or no energy

• Having unexplained aches and pains

• Feeling helpless or hopeless

• Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared • Thinking of harming yourself or others

• Fighting with family and friends

• Feeling numb or like nothing matters

• Pulling away from people and usual activities

• Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

• Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head

The most common types of mental health disorders and solutions:

Anxiety disorders

The anxiety can be social anxiety, work anxiety, anxiety & trauma. Social anxiety is such a burden, and if you’re struggling with this mental condition, I feel your pain, struggle, and frustration. To overcome anxiety, basically took 4 major steps, which can be a natural progression even if they sound complex, and these are also the steps I encourage you to take if you want to start relieving anxiousness and enjoying some relaxing breaks. So here are 4 steps:

1. Adopt a healthy and balanced diet tailored for anxiety relief:

You might think it’s strange that eating healthy can help with anxiety, but to have a successful anxiety healing journey, getting the right nutrients daily has to be your top priority.

2. Adapt a calming and healthy lifestyle:

Once you have adopted an anti-anxiety diet, it’s then time to start giving your overall lifestyle more attention. For example, regular walking, time in nature, more sunshine, and even yoga and meditation, are a natural progression from eating healthy and are also a wonderful anti-anxiety lifestyle combination.

3. Gradually change your negative thought patterns:

Identifying your negative thought patterns by journaling for half an hour every day, is how you can transform your mindset into the sunshine from dull and grey. That’s because when you know your negative thoughts that keep repeating, it is easier to come up with a positive affirmation that can help with negative thought pattern reversing.

4. Work hard to turn self-hate into self-love through inner child work:

The root of social anxiety stems from childhood, which is not always easy to see when in adulthood. But the moment you start to recreate memories that were painful when you were small, is when you’ll begin breaking down anxiety like a wall. This type of technique is called inner child work, and it involves painting

your childhood from fresh like a beautiful piece of artwork.

Mood disorders :

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder affect millions of people. “Moods, when you have a mood disorder, feel like unyielding and disorienting external structures built around you by some unseen force that you have to live within, rather than a transient and rationalizable series of feelings that come from and are controllable by some sort of ‘me.’ A mood disorder feels like feeling some ‘thing’ in a situation with a person or people or a place and becoming 100 percent fixated on all of the possible reasons for that feeling and ways that feeling connects with all feelings and all situations and all communities and all universes and the implications of all of that. Having a mood disorder can feel like being very proud of all of the interconnections you make and feel, as well as the level of depth you experience, and then also hate yourself for thinking that highly of yourself and thinking for that long about all of that stuff. You just ride it all out!”

Treating depression doesn’t have to mean hours of counseling or days fueled by pills. Those methods can be effective, but you may prefer natural methods to boost your mood.

1. Exercise to pump you up:

• 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise three times a week was as effective at relieving symptoms of depression in the short term as antidepressant medication.

2. Finding ways to relax:

• Depression can make you feel disconnected from the things you love. It also can cause fatigue and sleep problems. Unwinding can have a positive effect on your mood. Relaxation techniques include progressive muscle relaxation, relaxation imagery, and autogenic training.

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