Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected.
Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including :
1. Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry,
2. Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse,
3. Family history of mental health problems etc.
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Early Warning Signs
If you feel like you or someone you know is living with mental health problems but you guys aren’t sure, in that case experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviour can be an early warning sign of a problem.
The signs are :
1. Eating or sleeping too much or too little,
2. Pulling away from people and usual activities,
3. Having low or no energy,
4. Feeling numb or like nothing matters,
5. Having unexplained aches and pains,
6. Feeling helpless for hopeless,
7. Smoking drinking and using drugs,
8. Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared,
9. Yelling at fighting with family and friends,
10. Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationship,
11. Having persistent thoughts and memories you cannot get out of your head,
12. Hearing voices or believing things that are not true,
13. Thinking of harming yourself or others,
14. Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids are getting to work or school.
Positive mental health allows people to :
1. Realise their full potential,
2. Cope with the stresses of life,
3. Works productively,
4. Make meaningful contributions to their communities.
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
1. Getting professional help if you need it,
2. Connecting with others,
3. Think positive,
4. Getting physically active,
5. Helping others,
6. Getting enough sleep,
7. Developing coping skills etc.
Well-being is a positive outcome that is meaningful for people and for many sectors of society, because it tells us that people perceive that their lives are going well. Good living conditions (e.g., housing, employment) are fundamental to well-being. Tracking these conditions is important for public policy. However, many indicators that measure living conditions fail to measure what people think and feel about their lives, such as the quality of their relationships, their positive emotions and resilience, the realization of their potential, or their overall satisfaction with life—i.e., their “well-being.”1, 2 Well-being generally includes global judgments of life satisfaction and feelings ranging from depression to joy.
At the end,
I want to let you know that you’re not alone. You are not behaving abnormal or something. It’s just a state of mind. Seek help, seek help from people who understands and values your emotions. Never feel guilty for that. I am not a professional but I’ve surely been through those times when I didn’t feel like waking up. Up until now I am still fighting. It’s a long process so don’t forget to be patient with yourself ❤️
P.S. collected many of the information from the internet and the picture was taken from pinterest.