The World Health Organization has this definition:
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.
Your physical health deals with your body, your mental health deals with your mind. You have probably heard of people going to a therapist, a psychiatrist or a counselor. These professionals help all sorts of people (like you, your neighbor, your classmate, your teachers, the man at the grocery store) with problems that typically stem from the way they are thinking, consciously and unconsciously. You go to a physician for your body (like when you have something like a cold, a broken arm or cancer) and you go to a mental health professional for help with your mental state.
Actually, that’s a common misconception and one that we’d like to completely change peoples MINDS about (ironic?). Some of the most mentally healthy people we know see therapists on a regular basis. It’s like preventative medicine for the mind. Remember, your mind is a muscle – just like your heart or even bicep – and keeping it healthy requires work and regular maintenance.
Being mentally healthy is arguably the most important part of your health. Feeling good about yourself and making good solid decisions is the cornerstone of a happy healthy life – and that’s what mental health is. Feeling good starts from the inside and works its way out.
If you don’t go within to make changes in yourself,
then you go without the benefits.
One way to stay mentally healthy is to be in touch with yourself. That means being aware of, understanding and managing your thoughts, feelings, emotions, reactions/responses, etc. The Your Self Series books and this website constantly stress the importance of being aware of who you are and who you choose to be in any given situation and then expressing your self accordingly. When you don’t stay in touch with yourself, things can take a sudden and often unexpected wrong turn.
POST QUESTION: What do you do to help stay mentally fit?