Why Everyone Needs to Prioritize their Mental Health

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October 13, 2019
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What many people don’t realize is that everyone should be focusing on their mental wellness. Mental health is so much more than having a diagnosis or mental illness. Your mental health underlies every minute of your day. Feeling happy or melancholic, your ability to focus and concentrate and how you feel about your life are just a few of the many examples of your mental health.

So, when you don’t focus on your mental health you are neglecting a very important part of your overall wellness. Let’s look at a few reasons why you should prioritize your mental health today.

Your Mental Health Effects How You Feel

It’s pretty clear when you are feeling physically run down or sick. But how do you know if you are mentally run down? The interesting thing is that many of those physical ailments may be signs that you need to pay more mind to your mental health.

Some physical implications of stress, anxiety and mental health:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Stomach upset
  • Headaches
  • Pain in back, neck or shoulders
  • Getting sick more frequently

Other things you might experience when you don’t focus on mental health:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Strained relationships
  • Inability to focus
  • Mind-wandering
  • Lack of enjoyment

Steps Taken Today Can Ward Off Problems Tomorrow

Another reason that your mental health should be a priority is that the things you do today can really pay off in the long run.

It is estimated that 20 people of people over the age of 55 live are living with a mental health concern. Most commonly,  conditions such as anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder).

The concerning part of this statistics is that while some cases are due to genetic causes, many could be avoided by an earlier focus on emotional wellness. If you don’t prioritize your mental health now, someday it will be too late.

Mental Health Impacts Social Interactions 

One more reason to prioritize your mental health today is that your mental wellness has an impact on your relationships. When your emotional wellness suffers, so do your connections with the people around you.

People living with impairments in their mental health, whether big or small, can seriously impact your relationships with the people around you. The reality is, our social interactions with others are a big part of overall life satisfaction.

So if you do not prioritize your mental health, it could seriously impede your ability to have positive social relationships.

There’s No Time Like The Present

There are plenty of things you can do to improve your mental health. Meditation, exercise, breathing exercises and yoga are just a few. Even taking a few minutes throughout the day to focus on how you feel physically and emotionally can make a big difference.

If you feel like it might be helpful to talk to a professional about your emotional and mental health, there is no time like the present. If you feel physically unwell you visit a doctor, right? If you feel like you are emotionally or mentally in need, talking to a therapist can make a huge difference in your life.

Let today be the day you decide your mental health is your priority.

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Kristen has a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology, she worked as a rape crisis counselor, inmate counselor. The research focus was on collecting data to assess the effectiveness of treatments for inmates living with PTSD. She founded a company specializing in Industrial & Organizational Psychology, applying clinical psychological practices in the business world. She is currently the Clinical Program Manager at Resility Health and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Rowan College.