Mental health as defined by WHO, is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Mental wellness comes from feeling balanced, connected to others and ready to meet life’s challenges. It goes hand in hand with physical health. When you eat well, get enough sleep and stay active, your emotional health can improve. Following healthy routines can improve your self-esteem, help mental function and make it easier for you to deal with stress.
Some benefits of being mentally healthy;
Just like good physical health, good mental health lets us enjoy our life, our environment and our relationships. One of the most important benefits of good mental health is that it lets us cope with difficult times in our personal and professional lives. Other benefits include:
- Reduced risk of depression
- Clearer thinking
- Improved moods
- Increased self-esteem
- A greater sense of inner peace
Habits to improve our mental health;
Here are a few things that each of us can do to stay in good mental health;
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat healthy
- Engage in exercises
- Connect with others
- Practice gratitude
- Consciously relax.
Let us all strive to take care of our mental health in the same way we take care of our physical health.