Why Mental Health is so Important Today  

 

The pandemic changed everything. From the way we work, live, communicate, and handle mental health. According to a scientific brief from the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a 25% increase in the prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide. This is due to a number of stress factors, including social isolation and fear of the unknown. In this brief, it was found that women and young people have been affected the most.  

 

The conversation around mental health has shifted significantly. With the pandemic, the alarming rates of depression and anxiety have forced everyone, including mainstream media, to talk about mental health’s importance.  

 

What is mental health? 

Mental health is a combination of psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects how we think, act, and feel in every aspect of life, from work and school to interactions with family and friends. Mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, etc. severely affects mental health and overall well-being. When left untreated, poor mental health can turn into disability, stopping us from living the lives we want. This is just an example of the importance of taking care of your mental health.  

 

Poor mental health can take a toll on your well-being and affect everything in your life.  

 

The better your mental health, the better you are  

If you are feeling overcome with anxiety and depression and can’t seem to find relief, you may notice how it affects all areas of your life.  

 

If you are struggling with your mental health, you may experience the following: 

  • Losing concentration and missing deadlines at school or work 
  • No longer interested in things you once enjoyed
  • A change in appetite, either overeating or not eating enough  
  • Distancing yourself from family and friends  
  • Feelings of being disconnected from yourself and others  

 

If you are taking care of your mental health, you may feel: 

  • Positive outlook on life  
  • Quality relationships with friends and family  
  • Engaged in your work or schoolwork  
  • Inspired to bring awareness to the importance of mental health  
  • Inspired to break the stigma of mental illness  
  • Confidence in the future  

 

Investing in your mental health   

Everyone handles situations differently, and mental illness is no different. Getting back on track and taking care of your mental health can also look different for everyone. It’s important to find what works for you to get you away from anxiety and depression and towards a more enjoyable life.  

 

Some ways to take care of your mental health may include:  

  • Going for a walk 
  • Trying a new hobby 
  • Going to the gym  
  • Journaling  
  • Eating a good meal 
  • Partaking in an activity you enjoy 
  • Reading a good book 
  • Recharging in nature  
  • Taking a break from social media  
  • Getting a good night’s sleep  
  • Writing poetry  
  • Listening to your favorite song 
  • Watching your favorite movie  
  • Talking openly with people you trust like family and friends 
  • Talking to a third-party like a mental health professional  
  • Etc.  

 

Mental health treatment at Harmony Bay Wellness 

If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, it may be time to seek professional help. We aim to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and it starts with you. We offer a wide range of mental health services and therapies. Our staff of dedicated professionals value your individuality and will create a personalized treatment plan to help you get back to feeling yourself again. To learn more about anxiety and depression treatment at Harmony Bay Wellness, contact us today by calling 855.956.1493.  

 

Published on 11/11/2022 | Written by Harmony Bay