Mental Health Day (10th October) is a time where we get to focus on a really important and relevant issue in our world today and being the start of the week – what better time to cover this topic!
We all know someone, or are someone who has experienced the effects of mental health issues whether it be a psychological or emotional barrier in life– be it depression, anxiety, bi polar mood disorder, schizophrenia, personality disorders and eating disorders. It’s often a ‘taboo’ topic unfortunately and often stems from a general lack of understanding around these issues.
There are many causes of mental illness – many that can be treated or have assistance be given in these areas (alcohol & drug addiction, stress levels, genetics, hormones, low self-esteem, isolation, financial problems, family violence). Engagement and awareness is imperative to helping someone you know or even having the courage to identify these areas within your own life to seek help.
The great news is mental health can be improved!
Some suggestions are:
- talk about or express your feelings
- exercise regularly
- eat healthy meals
- get enough sleep
- spend time with friends and loved ones
- develop new skills
- relax and enjoy your hobbies
- set realistic goals
- talk to your GP or a health professional
As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day” so focus on one area at a time, starting where you believe is most impacting your moods and overall self.
Sometimes it just takes the first step of a conversation with someone for the weight to be lifted slightly, or even to have the feeling of belonging to help your battle or someone else’s.
To encourage and continue this topic and the awareness, over the next few weeks I’ll be covering different areas around improvements and what I do to keep myself on the best path I can. It’s not easy sometimes, but there are many ways which you can help be the best version of yourself, along with helping someone else!
I’d love to know your thoughts on this issue!
If you would like more information on this topic, Google “Mental Health” or you may find the website for Mental Health Australia a handy resource – https://1010.org.au/