If ever there was a way to add up all the New Year goals made by all the people of the world, beginning an exercise routine, losing weight and regaining physical health would certainly come on top! Though something extremely important that majority might overlook is that there is a strong “Mind-Body” connection, making sound “Mental Health” a precursor to physical health and mandatory for overall well-being.
Why Mental Health is Important?
Our mental health affects the way we think, feel and act. From major life choices to everyday decisions, everything is impacted by it. Our professional, personal, social and spiritual life can’t be progressive unless due emphasis is given to mental health. Identifying early signs of mental health problems is a first step towards recovery.
Signs of Mental Health Problems
Social isolation, stress and anxiety, low energy levels, changes in eating and sleeping patterns, losing interest in work and daily activities, unexplained body aches, drug/alcohol abuse, severe mood swings, persistent thoughts, feelings of hopelessness and thinking of harming oneself/others are some of the signs to watch out for. A number of factors like family history of mental health issues, brain chemistry, lifestyle choices, life experiences such as abuse and trauma, financial and social circumstances may lead to mental health problems. Good news is that with counseling, therapy and medication, psychological, emotional and social well-being is achievable!
Benefits of “Sound” Mental Health
A sound mental health helps in developing coping skills, keeping stress at bay and improving relationships. Being able to maintain a proper exercise and sleeping routine, making healthy choices, higher productivity and also contributing in meaningful ways to the society are some of the positives of overcoming mental health problems. New Year is the right time to build psychological resilience, realize your full potential and enjoy living. For enhancing overall quality of life, be aware and take care of your mental health, starting 2021. Our upcoming articles with practical, everyday tips will help you reach mental health goals. Happy New Year!