Are you experiencing recurrent nightmares?
Do you wrestle with thoughts that are unshakeable?
Do you feel that many of your behaviors are impulsive?
Do you use alcohol or any other substance daily to help you feel better about the events in your life?
If you answered yes to any of the aforementioned questions:
- It does not mean you have a mental health disorder.
- It does not mean you have something inherently wrong with you.
But it is important for you to manage these concerns healthfully for your body. So, what are some ways you can help take care of your emotional and mental health?
From birth most of us are taught to seek medical help when we are sick or in pain – when physical symptoms arise we are taught to go to the doctor.
But how were you taught to manage mental health concerns?
Importance of Mental Health Care
Some were taught to seek therapy; some were taught to discuss these issues with a pastor; some were taught to discuss these issues among friends; some cope by using alternative substances like marijuana or alcohol to alleviate their discomfort.
In order for mental health to improve, it’s important to seek out the care and advice from a medical professional even if you do not have a mental health disorder – taking care of our mental health is just as important as our physical health.
Here are a few tips to bring into your daily life when looking after your mental health:
- Meditate: Meditation has proven to alter the brains gray matter (contains cell bodies), improve memory, and stress relief.
- Work Out: Exercise has been researched to improve mental health. Studies have shown it can help relieve stress, improve memory, and help you sleep better.
- Practice deep breathing techniques throughout the day: Deep Breathing is a form of relaxation that can guard against the breakdown of organ systems. It can help counteract the effects of stress and the chemicals it releases into the bloodstream.
All in all, take care of yourself. If you or a loved one is suffering from some mental health or substance abuse issue. Talk to someone who is trained in the area of your or a family member’s need. After all, nothing from nothing leaves nothing. Just because you have ignored a problem doesn’t mean it has left.
Ever wonder how we diagnose mental health issues?
The Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) has been called the bible of mental health. Inside, it contains mental health disorders and the many symptoms that describe them. Psychiatrist, psychologist, counselors, and social Workers use this book as a guide to diagnose and understand how mental illnesses can manifest. The book is comprised of research and evaluations from many of the leading professionals in the mental health field. This research spans across many cultures. The DSM acts as a foundation for clinicians to draw upon when working with clients.
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