World Mental Health Day is commemorated in October, a date that reminds us that taking care of our mental health is essential for living a truly healthy life.
The WHO defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellness, not only the absence of diseases or illnesses.” An important consequence of this definition is that mental health is considered as something more than the absence of mental disorders or disabilities, as claimed by this organization.
Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which the person feels able to develop their skills, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively, and relate to other people from more positive perspectives.
Some recommendations for maintaining good mental health are:
– Being aware of emotional changes you experience, identifying the causes and seeking professional help if needed.
– Learning to manage stress is worth it in order to have a calmer, richer, and healthier day-to-day life.
– Do enjoyable activities, sports, learn new things, and start doing relaxation exercises.
– Do not isolate yourself. Express what is happening and talk about your feelings with someone you trust. Know that you have support networks such as family or friends.
And, if it is necessary to seek psychological help, it is important to keep the following in mind:
– Learn about different specialties and find what you think will be the best fit for the person or the disorder in question.
– Make sure the specialist is properly educated and verify, for example, that they have experience in the matter that is affecting the patient.
– Make sure the specialist inspires trust and professionalism. Empathy is important in being able to open up, which is required for these processes.