Why is Mental Health Important ?

Mental Health and Happiness
Mental Health is an often overlooked entity
 
The past two years have been unarguably the most difficult period in everyone’s life when the world was seized by the SARS-COV-2 pandemic. The pandemic and the lockdown kept most of us indoors into a  forced social isolation. The lockdown came with many uncertainties – our jobs, our finances. our health, the health of our loved ones, everything was at risk.
It was harder still for mothers who were working from home, they had to cook and clean, look after children’s studies, and meet office deadlines. God forbid if one or more of the family members caught the virus, then besides bringing a whole lot of new responsibilities , it would also add to her worries.

In short, this pandemic has tested both our mental and physical limits.

With so many young people dying without any pre-existing disease during the COVID epidemic, the question arises – Is being physically healthy enough ?

While physical fitness is important, medical experts (me included) stress the fact that more than our physical health our mental health is more important in the pandemic. Today in this post we shall discuss about mental health, what it means to have sound mental health, why mental health is important  and how to achieve this body-mind balance.

What is Mental health?

To understand why mental health is important , let us first understand what do we mean by the term Mental Health ?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By well-being we could also mean adjustment. As human beings grow, we struggle through different life experiences and try to find the mental framework that can help us cope with new situations and experiences.

When we experience an emotional and psychological harmony with our environment, family, and society, you could say we are in a good mental state. That means we can cope with the challenges and change in our atmosphere.

Our mental status affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determines how well we can handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Our lives are in constant transition and that is why mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence to old age.

What determines our Mental Health?

Many factors determine our  Mental well-being

Genetics and Heredity as precursors of Mental health

Our family passes on the genetic material that determines whether we could suffer from schizophrenia or depression. These are factors beyond our control. Though advances in genetic engineering offer hope in the distant future, that we may be able to split out the genes that code for these diseases.

Life experiences as determinant of Mental Health

We undergo so many ups and downs in life, those experiences shape our thinking and also affect our mental state.

Physical disease affects Mental Health 

Disease especially chronic, debilitating, and long-lasting ones like Rheumatoid Arthritis, advanced lung disease , Cancer etc. can also affect our emotional and mental health in life. It affects how freely we can pursue our hobbies and passion, meet and socialize with our friends and family and affects the general outlook in life.

Drugs that affect Mental Health

It is important to consider some drugs and medicines that can negatively impact our mental health.For instance Xanax (alprazolam), is used to treat anxiety, but in rare cases, it may also cause depression, manic symptoms, memory impairment, or difficulty concentrating. Sudden withdrawal may provoke signs of physical dependence and even seizures in patients.

Beta Blockers, commonly prescribed for hypertension and anxiety can cause depression.

Estrogen in Hormonal Replacement Therapy or Birth control pills that are progestin-only can cause mood swings, depressed mood, etc. (Ref- Very Well Mind )

The Importance of Mental Health
The Mind Matters !

 

Why is Mental Health important for us?

Mental Health is everything – The Mind governs our body . The  Hypothalamus, located in our brain is the master gland of our body. It is responsible for everything from appetite, sleep, neurological functions, it regulates the hormones that control our metabolic functions and sexual function, etc. Stress, anxiety, and depression directly impact the secretion of hormones from the hypothalamus and cause major changes in the way our body functions.

A healthy mind resides in a healthy body but vice -versa holds truer!

4 Key Benefits of Positive mental health 

1.Good mental health can help us to achieve our full potential

2.We cope better with the stresses of our life

3.Our productivity increases with more focus and less procrastination

4. A productive and happy person in turn contributes more to their communities

Mental Health is Important
Peace of mind matters over anything else

 

How can one achieve positive mental health?

1.Connect with others

2.Maintain a  positive outlook in life

3.Become more physically active

4.Practice compassion and help others

5.Get enough sleep to recharge those neurons and synapses

Get professional help if you need it, staying in doubt or denial will only make it worse.

 

” This post is a part of Blogchatter’s initiative #CauseAChatter ”

 

Learn More About Mental Health

1. Ten ways how Exercise can benefit your Mental Health

2. A Complete guide to Post- COVID Mental Health Issues

3. 10 warning Signs of Suicide

(Image credits -Canva , Pexels )

 

 

 

 

17 comments

  1. I agree mental health is most important aspect of our overall health and well being. being physically active and getting connected with others can help a lot in keeping stress level in check.

  2. Mental health is extremely important in today's lifestyle and I am glad you shared this with such an ease and it will help many like me to understand the importance of mental health.

  3. I'm glad that mental health is being spoken and written about for people to understand it better. Most of our well-being depends on our mental health. Good pointers here.

  4. Mental Health surely is one area where people get careless about or do not understand. As in our society every mental condition is equaled to 'pagalpan'. But yes there are many different factors that affect your mental well being.

  5. These are some very good tips. Mental health has become even more important especially during this deadly pandemic. More and more awareness and acceptance can help to deal with metal health problems..

  6. Honestly speaking in these last year years I have realised the importance of Mental health. I never paid much attention to it. But when I started to loose my head on things that were not so important I realised that I need to take care of my mental health. This is a much needed post.

  7. Keeping our mental health in check is very important and one should not neglect it. Being connected with people and asking for help when necessary should be done. Nice details mentioned.

  8. Absolutely right. The pandemic has had a huge impact on people's mental health. Every one has been affected in one way or another. Thanks for such a detailed article on mental health.

  9. Yes the last two years have been quite difficult for everyone in all aspects nd mental health being one of d most important thing. It’s crucial to pay attention to this as it affects u in ways you won’t even understand, hence awarnois so important.

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