Though not easy, physical health is a lot more approachable to identify issues and make improvements. Mental health can be much more complex and is often ignored but it is so important. Like when we make a diet or exercise commitment to just feel healthy, taking action towards mental health does not mean something must be very wrong. One does not have to be “depressed” or “crazy”. They are efforts to improve and maintain a system that we greatly depend on to get us through every day – tactics for making life easier and better.
This post was inspired by a card distributed by volunteers of the Canadian Mental Health Association. I was one of few people who actually read the card and I wanted to share what it showed me. It indicated that the lifestyles we maintain have made us more prone to developing mental health issues and they are not getting the importance that they require:
- 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness at some point in their life.
- 2 in 3 people suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.
- At any given time, almost 3 million Canadians have serious depression.
- Mental illness is NOT a form of weakness.
- You CAN recover from mental illness.
This problem is not prevalent only in Canada. The evolution of lifestyles has given way to an increase in mental health issues around the world. We can recognize and easily address these issues with little positive changes. On the other side, the card gave 10 Tips for Optimal Mental Health:
- Build confidence.
- Eat right, keep fit.
- Make time for family and friends.
- Give and accept support.
- Create a meaningful budget.
- Manage stress.
- Find strength in numbers.
- Identify and deal with moods.
- Learn to be at peace with yourself.
These are great suggestions. Improving mental health is not easy but making these little loving habits a part of your life will definitely help. One last offer from the card:
You are entitled to ONE FREE HUG so go wrap your arms around someone you love today.
I am a hugger and it’s a habit that makes me happy as well as the people that I can share those moments with.
Have you or someone you know struggled with mental health issues or tried to improve them? What do you think of these tips? Is there anything you would add to the advice for day-to-day mental health?