The Importance of Good Mental Health
Mental health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, influencing how people feel, act, think and relate to others. Good mental health is not the absence of any illness, but rather the capacity to work through the challenges. Healthy mental well-being leads to more productivity, higher self-esteem, and healthy relationships. As mental health often connects to physical health. Therefore, good mental health protects us from poor physical conditions, like fatigue and digestive problems.
There are many benefits to having good mental health, which include
Being more productive at work or school
Being able to communicate more effectively
Increase capacity to connect and develop healthy relationships
Develop a sense of inner peace
Feel more motivation
Increase capacity to make decision making
Many things can lead to mental health challenges. Genetic, attachment injuries or life experiences play a role in how one reacts and responds to an event or series of events. Issues or events that lead to poor mental health include but are not limited to:
Developmental or a single-event trauma
Loneliness or social isolation
Exposure to prolonged stress
Major life events like divorce or the death of a loved one
Life-long physical health conditions
Poor socioeconomic status
Poor mental health leads to poor sleeping or eating habits, withdrawal from friends and close ones, less energy, low mood, or a drop in performance at school and work. Some may even turn to substance abuse or excessive gaming, which worsens their mental health but does not solve the issues. Positive ways to cope with mental health challenges include journaling, deep breathing, exercises, and positive self-affirmations. It is also essential to reach out to someone that can support you in your challenges. You may also want to consult a professional counsellor to process your issue in a safe environment. Consulting a professional trained and equipped to help you through your challenges is an excellent first step to improving your mental health.
Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy offers a range of counselling and psychotherapy services for children, individuals, couples, and families. For more information, please visit www.restoringpeace.com.sg or WhatsApp +65 8889 1848.
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