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How important is it to take care of your mental health?

June 11, 2021 by In Media

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

Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.

Early Warning Signs

Not sure if you or 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

    Pulling away from people and usual activities

    Having low or no energy

    Feeling numb or like nothing matters

    Having unexplained aches and pains

    Feeling helpless or hopeless

    Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual

    Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

    Yelling or fighting with family and friends

    Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

    Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head

    Hearing voices or believing things that are not true

    Thinking of harming yourself or others

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

Learn more about specific mental health problems and where to find help.

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

    Realize their full potential

    Cope with the stresses of life

    Work productively

    Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to maintain positive mental health include:

    Getting professional help if you need it

    Connecting with others

    Staying positive

    Getting physically active

    Helping others

    Getting enough sleep

    Developing coping skills