Understanding Good Mental Health and Mental Health Problems

Understanding Good Mental Health and Mental Health Problems

Published On: March 14, 2022

Most everyone knows many things contribute to mental health. It’s a combination of nature and nurture, and it can be affected by everything from your genes to the relationships in your life.

To say that something directly causes a specific mental condition is incredibly simplistic and does not do justice to the complexity of this illness.

Ultimately, maintaining a healthy lifestyle that promotes good mental health and physical wellness is crucial to maintaining overall health.

Physical or Mental Illness: What’s the Difference?

Physical health refers to the state of your body. Mental health refers to the overall condition of your mind, encompassing feelings and emotions.

Common mental health problems include:

  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic depression
  • Generalized anxiety/social anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

One of the main differences between physical and mental health is that mental health influences positive and negative emotions, workability, and relationships. Poor mental health can adversely affect your physical well-being.

What Exactly Is Good Mental Health?

Good mental health means getting through everyday life without feeling overwhelmed by problems like stress or anxiety. Other typical characteristics of good mental health include:

  • Contentment
  • Managing stress
  • Healthy work-life balance
  • High self-esteem/self-confidence
  • Maintaining fulfilling relationships
  • Willingness to learn new skills

How Can We Boost Mental Health?

Mental health plays a vital role in our overall health, yet many people ignore the emotional messages and physical signs, e.g., not getting enough sleep, that tells them something is wrong.

The good news is that you can take simple steps to improve mental health and reduce stress. These include:

Physical Self-Care

Some things you can do to keep physically and mentally healthy:

  • Eat healthy foods that boost your immune system
  • Keep hydrated/avoid excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Engage in hobbies and enjoyable physical activity
  • Do breathing exercises when anxiety sets in

Social Interaction

Person-to-person interaction with someone who cares remains one of the most effective ways to boost your mental health. If you feel depressed or engage in excessive self-criticism, join a support group, or call someone in your support network to discuss whatever is bothering you.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose

Mental health is a broad term, but it’s ultimately about feeling happy, healthy, and productive. You can find so many ways to achieve better mental health. Some ideas that have worked for many include:

  • Creating a fulfilling and busy life
  • Engaging in productive work
  • Investing in relationships with people that matter
  • Spending time caring for others

These things can make a huge difference in how you feel and help you feel less alone in your struggles.

Get Professional Help with Your Mental Health Today

Are you having a hard time dealing with your emotional well-being? Do you feel like you need to talk to someone who can help you overcome challenges and handle stress? If so, we are here for you.

Schedule an appointment with a Bayridge therapist by calling (905) 319-1488.

If you have any questions regarding any of our online counselling services for adults and children, please phone us at (905) 319-1488 to speak to one of our intake specialists who will be happy to assist you.

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