Being healthy consists of a lot more than just diet and exercise — after all, that’s why the “health trio” is mind, body, and soul. While we’re not denying the importance of physical health (which actually plays a big role in your mental health) mental health is something that gets pushed to the side all too often. In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re sharing not just ways everyone can improve their mental health, but why it’s important to talk about it more.The Importance of Talking About Mental Health
Today, more than ever, people share everything — from how their diet is going to their latest fitness routine. Talking about our physical health is pretty common, but mental health is a different story. Despite the many strides forward that we’ve made as a society lately, even in 2017, it’s a bit taboo to talk about mental health. But why is that? Research shows that the more we talk about something, the more we “normalize” it. And if mental health is more normalized, the more people will be willing to reach out for and give help.
Mental Health Habits for Young People
Today, one in three people below the age of 18 suffers from a mental health issue. But people with an illness are far from the only ones who can benefit from improved mental health. After all, good mental health isn’t just defined as the absence of a mental health disorder.
- Share your feelings with people you trust. At the first sign of anxiety, sadness, or nerves, talk to someone about it. Not only does sharing your feelings make them less of a secret, but sometimes simply talking about something out loud is all you need to do to feel better.
- Stay active. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, improve your sleep, and combat depression.
- Avoid alcohol. Despite its connection to celebrations, alcohol is actually a depressant. If you’re looking to improve your mental health, limit how much alcohol you drink or stop drinking altogether.
- Breakaway from technology. We’ll never deny loving that we have a world of information at our fingertips, but phones can be detrimental to our mental health when not used properly. People who are too “attached” to their phone or social media are more likely to report being depressed or anxious.
- Find your flow. Are there one or two activities that you do and time feels like it just flies by? That’s referred to as “flow.” People who experience flow on a regular basis are more likely to be happy with their lives and share their passions with others.
If you’re looking to improve every aspect of your life, Debra Solomon offers group and individual classes to people on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities. To inquire about details, including fees and schedule, please contact Debra Solomon at [email protected] or at 516-510-7637. Or complete a brief form so we may contact you.