Is your Mental Health in a good condition?
As people when we feel anxious or experience a flare-up of a mental health condition. It is very difficult to measure how bad it is. It is different compared to when we break a bone in our bodies that can be examined on how bad it is. We all have different perceptions of our well-being and ability to cope, as well as various definitions of what constitutes ‘good’ or ‘bad’ mental health. In this article, we define ‘good’ mental health and the signs that indicate that someone is in a good mental health state.
Let’s define ‘good mental health’
Physical and mental health are very similar. Everybody’s health both physical and mental fluctuates from time to time. This why we need to take care of ourselves.
Good mental health might mean different things to different people. However, there is a general understanding of good mental health which is being able to think, feel and react in ways that you need and want to live your life to the fullest.
Being in a healthy place mentally does not mean that you will not experience bad moods or days that are bad. However, if anxiety or other symptoms of your mental health condition overwhelm you to an extent that you cannot cope with. There is a high chance that you do not have good mental health.
When we are in a good state mental healthwise we feel positive about ourselves and our surroundings. We are able to build good stable relationships, and we also learn to be more resilient in order to overcome challenges.
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Signs that someone’s mental health is good:
- They are able to look after themselves. They can carry out day to day tasks. This further means that they consume a balanced diet, exercise, sleep, clean, work and socialise.
- You are able to express, feel all your emotions, and are able to manage a range of emotions both positive and negative.
- They are able to make an effort in building solid health relationships with others.
- They are able to participate in activities they enjoy.
It is worth mentioning that not everyone with good mental health will be able to perform ‘all’ the abovementioned. At the same time, someone else can be able to do ‘all’ the abovementioned and still battle with mental health challenges. It essentially boils down to what is normal for you as an individual.
Some people are quite fortunate that they do not experience poor mental health. Other people undergo bad mental health in a particular phase of their lives. Unfortunately for some, mental health matters are a chronic condition lasting longer periods. Some of the common mental health problems are discussed in other articles such as Learn more about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)8 Misconceptions about Obsessive-Compulsive DisorderDid you know that Hoarding is a disorder?