12 Oct

 12 October 2023

On 10 October each year, we observe World Mental Health Day, aimed at creating public awareness of health challenges related to mental health as a global priority. Efforts are mainly to involve the public to learn more about mental health and how to support their loved ones and assist them in getting treatment for mental health conditions.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental health is a fundamental human right for all people. Everyone has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to good quality care, liberty, independence, and inclusion in the community. Here is how you can improve your mental health:

Choose your company well

The people one associates with can significantly influence one’s mental health. Because of this, it can be essential to ensure that the people in your life are encouraging, optimistic, and a good influence on you. Being with negative people can aggravate mental health issues (such as anxiety and depression) and attract additional challenges. The same applies to social media. You should evaluate the people you engage with online and ensure that everyone around you shares positive content and thoughts when interacting on these platforms.

Put your needs first

Knowing when to prioritize your needs and mental health is crucial. You frequently come last if you prioritize other people over yourself. This does not mean you should ignore the needs of those you love, but knowing when to put yourself first is crucial. If you are still worried about how prioritizing yourself could affect the people in your life, it might be helpful to remember that if you are not feeling well mentally, you might not be able to support someone to the best of your abilities. You can reach a point where you cannot help someone else if your mental health suffers due to your constant focus on them.

Cut out bad habits

Bad habits can severely impact your mood and mental well-being. Even worse, when particular behavioural patterns are rooted in one’s life, they may be challenging to acknowledge. Sometimes, unhealthy behaviours can arise when we prioritize occasional pleasure over long-term effects. This might be connected to eating and health-related practices.

It could be difficult at first to break undesirable behaviours. Later on, though, especially if your mental well-being, sense of value, and confidence increase, you might thank yourself for it. No matter how tiny, healthy practices can help to enhance mental health.

Our general health and well-being depend on having a healthy mental state. A person’s mental health condition should never justify violating their human rights or keeping them out of decisions regarding their health. Unfortunately, teenagers and young adults are mostly suffering from mental health issues. We must raise awareness about the importance of caring for one’s mental health and understand that mental health is just as important as physical health.


Ref: www.who.int/                             www.betterhelp.com


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