Prioritizing Mental Wellness: A Guide for World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day has become a much more widely discussed topic compared to years past. However, there remains a large barrier in communication between those who need help and the professionals who offer it. On World Mental Health Day, we offer a reminder that it should be our top priority to focus on our emotional well-being to become the best versions of ourselves. This article delves into the significance of this day, the pivotal role mental health plays in your life and resources for further assistance.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is an intricate facet of our well-being that encompasses emotional, psychological, and social aspects. It’s not merely the absence of mental illness but a state of optimal functioning, allowing us to handle life’s challenges with resilience. In life, it is no misunderstanding that you will face challenges at some point or another. Your mental health is a foundation for your response when stressful or anxious times arise. For this World Mental Health Day, we hope to provide you as many tips as possible to achieve your best self. First, let’s look at some common challenges you may be experiencing or have experienced.
Common Mental Health Challenges
Stress: The way in which our body responds to tension or feelings of uneasiness. Symptoms often include feeling nervous, fearful or helpless.
Anxiety: There are several classifications of anxiety disorders although every day anxiety is common and may fluctuate in severity over time. Without proper recognition and treatment, symptoms may begin to interfere with everyday activities.
Depression: A persistent feeling of sadness that hinders your day-to-day functioning
For a full, comprehensive list of symptoms and diagnoses, visit the CDC website for more information
The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health
Despite progress, a stigma still lingers around mental health. People often hesitate to seek help due to fear of judgment. It’s essential to break down these barriers and foster a more accepting society. Many organizations have prioritized mental health to improve overall satisfaction and production outcomes. The NFL is a prime example of taking the necessary steps to ensure mental health stability amongst all employees. Check out how DT Solomon Thomas of the New York Jets is taking action to break the stigma for World Mental Health Day and encouraging you to speak up when you need it most.
Promoting Your Mental Well-being
Positive mental health behaviors in your own daily plan is important in staying grounded when potential negative barriers arise in your life. Here are some actionable tasks you can do to promote your mental health:
Exercise and Its Impact: Engaging in regular physical activity releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga, or hitting the gym, exercise is a powerful tool for enhancing mental well-being.
In the latest episode of Two Psychologists Walk into a Bar with Dr. Jacob Meyer from Iowa State University, he explains the importance of exercise on your mental health and how it may be as effective as medication. Check out the latest episode by clicking the link above.
Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques: Mindfulness practices help us stay present, reducing stress and anxiety. Meditation, mindfulness exercises, and deep breathing techniques can all contribute to mental clarity.
Listen to music of choice: Did you know that some research shows that listening to metal music can be as effective as a relaxation technique as sitting in silence? No matter what your music preference may be, you can utilize this as an outlet to express yourself and relieve stress that may arise.
Healthy Sleep Habits: Quality sleep is essential for mental health. Establishing a sleep routine and creating a comfortable sleep environment can make a significant difference.
Proper Nutrition for Mental Wellness: A balanced diet rich in essential nutrients supports brain function. Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and a variety of vitamins and minerals are key players.
The Role of Social Connections and Support: Building and nurturing meaningful relationships can offer emotional support during challenging times. Sharing experiences and seeking help from friends and family can alleviate mental health burdens.
World Mental Health Day Activities
Participating in activities on World Mental Health Day can help raise awareness and reduce stigma of the barriers between help needed and help offered. Participation can come in many forms, such as attending workshops, webinars, or simply sharing resources, every action counts. It’s important to be open-minded and non-judgmental to yourself and others not only on this day, but every day!
Online Resources and Apps
Call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department for emergency medical treatment.
Call your mental health provider.
Get help from your primary doctor or other health care provider.
Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
Visit the AlbumHealth Website for more information & resources
Happy World Mental Health Day!
World Mental Health Day serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of your mental well-being as well as others around you. Let’s commit to prioritizing our mental health, supporting one another, and fostering a society where open conversations about mental health are encouraged. Together, we can make a positive impact and ensure that mental health remains a priority each and every day of the year.