Mental health is a major topic right now; however, most articles and blogs discuss mental health in relationship to anxiety, depression, or another disorder or illness associated with it. What seems fairly obvious but not discussed, is that mental health affects everyone. If you think you are exempt, then you are incorrect and here is why.
If we look at mental health like we do physical health, which we should, then the idea that mental health discussions are only meant for those with an illness completely breaks down. It would be like someone who has diabetes being the only person to watch their sugar or carb intake. Or someone who is overweight being the only person that needs to eat healthy and incorporate exercise into their daily lives. It just doesn’t make sense. And yes, those individuals probably have stricter rules to follow, such as a diabetic measuring blood sugar, but that doesn’t mean everyone else should completely ignore the health benefits of reducing sugar in a diet.
People who are overweight are not the only people who should care about their physical health, and in the real world, the aren’t. Nearly all individuals care about their physical health, no matter their size, gender, race, religion, hair color, foot size, whether they have an innie or outie belly button, or any other distinguishing factor. Why? Because in general people care about their physical health. People are proactive; they eat healthy, work out, and do things to improve their physical health.
Mental health is the same way. Deep breathing, meditation, alone time, and recharging your batteries are all things that everyone should do (at least in some respect). You may be doing great now, but eventually you could burn out, and being proactive with mental health has immediate benefits: better productivity, more quality sleep, less agitation, and being generally happier.
If you already care deeply about your physical health, then add some mental health exercises to your regiment. A lot of times they even overlap. Yoga, tai chi, and dance have all been proven to increase both physical and mental health.
This is what you should do right now:
- No matter if you have a mental illness or not, take some time to figure out how you can improve your mental health. Remember, do what is right for you! Meditation may work for some people but not others. I personally love curling up with a good book and my pets.
- Don’t pass up on blog articles discussing mental health. I guarantee you can take something from it. Everyone needs to take care of their mental health, just like taking care of your physical health.
- Don’t shy away from discussing mental health. It is not a taboo topic. And you may inspire someone along the way to make small changes and take some time for themselves.
- Invite friends and family to join! If you like reading to relax, start a book club with your friends. Then you can all read to relax on your own time during the month and come together to hang out and talk about the book. Maybe you like yoga, bring a friend along. Pass on your passion for an activity to someone else.
Always remember that no matter who you are, your mental health matters in your life.
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