Sometimes we can focus so much on physical health, other aspects of our health can be overlooked but that does not mean that they are any less important. With so much discussion surrounding mental health, it is important to understand that our minds do matter. Whether you are living with a mental illness or not, it is important to understand that we all have mental health, therefore it is important to take care of it by not just treating our mental health when there seems to be an issue but taking preventative measures to avoid a possible crisis.
So, what exactly is “mental health”? According to Medline Plus, they define “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices”. Our mental health plays key parts in our life such as coping with the natural stresses of life, maintaining healthy positive relationships, and helping us to unlock our potential.
There are ways to help improve your mental health such as:
- Staying positive
- Being physically active
- Connecting with others
- Developing a sense of meaning and purpose in life
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
- Getting professional help if you need it
We understand there might be certain stigma surrounding getting “professional health” but understand that going to a counselor, therapist or even psychiatrist simply means you care not just about your physical health but your mental, emotional and even spiritual well-being.
If you are in the Harrisburg, PA area and want to learn more about mental health and want to new learn skills to improve your mental health, check out: https://mindsmatter.blackgirlhealthfoundation.org/?fbclid=IwAR3bcTk1MBdePf93gmZraZFlw8ZGD5LOyBY5LZ3enqyT33-f19b78tdVSjY for a full list of conversation topics and events.