1. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which an individual can realize his/her own abilities, can cope with stress, can work productively, and is able to make contributions to his/her community.
2. There are many tools, tactics, strategies and techniques that can be used to improve mental health.
3. Eating smarter, moving more, and sleeping soundly will all enhance your ability to think clearly and will improve your mental health.
“There is no health without mental health.” – World Health Organization
The number of people affected by mental health challenges is staggering. Mental health disorders include depression, bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, intellectual disabilities, and developmental and behavioural disorders. People with mental disorders experience 40 to 60% greater chances of disability and dying prematurely, often because physical health problems go untreated. One in five people will be affected by a mental health challenge during their lifetime.
To make things worse, mental health disorders are often “invisible,” in that they’re not obvious to an onlooker. So people often don’t get the help and support they need. We stigmatize people with mental health challenges. We hide them away and don’t talk about the issue. They are discriminated against, and there are even widespread human rights violations against people who experience mental disorders. We need to do better. We have a mental illness epidemic that is sweeping the world, and I hope you’ll join me in turning the tide.
The World Health Organization has defined mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make contributions to his or her community.” They expand on mental health as it relates to children where they state that children should “have a positive sense of identity, an ability to manage their thoughts, emotions, and to be able to build positive social relationships as well as having an aptitude for learning.” I think those sound like good goals for adults as well.
Fortunately, there are many tools, tactics, strategies, and techniques that can be used to improve mental health. Those that I propose here are mostly focused on helping to create better mental health, improve mental performance, and to prevent mental illness. If we apply these ideas as a society, one person at a time, I think that we can make a huge impact and create a culture and an environment where people experience much better mental health and people with mental illnesses get comprehensive and holistic help and treatment. The ideas and concepts that I am presenting here cannot take the place of medical and psychiatric treatment. They are meant to be used as preventative and complimentary modalities to improve mental and physical health and to help you unleash your potential.
Today's Habit: Practice short bursts of happiness
This week, we’re going to continue with the same habit - practicing short bursts of happiness.
Try and take 5 minutes out of your day to make a call to an old friend, do something you’ve never tried before, or brighten someone’s day. Making this small effort every day will give you a boost of happiness!
If you are interested in a really deep dive into the science and practice of happiness check out my interview with Neil Pasricha, best selling author of The Book of Awesome.
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