Mind Your Own Mental Hygiene

I recently saw a video I want to share with you. It’s about mental health.

men·tal health

noun
  1. “all this pressure seems to be affecting his mental health”

The mental health subject is such a necessary topic. In my opinion, we all suffer from mental health issues even if for a moment in our lives because it’s such a broad spectrum. I am no expert but if you have dealt with: Bullying, Low Self Esteem, Anxiety, OCD, Phobias, Worrying, Guilt, Worthlessness, and/or Reoccuring Negative Thoughts you have dealt with a mental health issue. They may be mild, but they are subjects of the mind. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92254/ 
https://www.stopbullying.gov/
According to The University of Michigan, there are three major mental health states in which individuals can be located at various times in their lives.
WELL-BEING: At the “healthy” end of the continuum are individuals experiencing well-being, a state of good mental and emotional health.
These individuals may experience stress and discomfort resulting from occasional problems of everyday life, but they experience no impairments
to daily functioning.
EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS OR CONCERNS: discomfort has risen to the level of distress with the beginning of impairments in functioning (insomnia, lack of concentration or loss of appetite). As distress levels increase, individuals may seek professional help; situational depression or general anxiety or ADD with mild but long-term impairment may also be found in this group.
MENTAL ILLNESS: Mental Illness is characterized by changes in thinking, mood, or behavior. It may include relatively common disorders such as depression and anxiety as well as major disorders such as schizophrenia. The distinguishing factor in MI is typically chronic or long-term impairments that range from moderate to disabling
in nature.

So what am I saying? We should mind our own health business. We can prevent mental health issues from developing and/or we can seek the help we need in order to attend to our mental health hygiene. It’s time to take responsibility for our own health. We know when something doesn’t feel right. That’s a clue that we need to seek help. It doesn’t matter what “they” will think. “They” is usually an exaggerated, unrealistic audience in our heads. Another person’s opinion should not prevent you from seeking help. It’s your business, not theirs. Daily good practices shown in the video above can be a simple start. What would it harm?

Mindfulness is also important in our daily lives. It will change the way we interact with everyone around us, including ourselves. Maybe if we focus in on our mental health hygiene and becoming mindful instead of an image life will be happier… maybe.

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