Updated: Sep 23, 2020
Mental Health is a state of psychological, social, and emotional wellbeing. It is not just the absence of illness but the overall state of our mental health. The state of our mind affects our day to day activities. It affects how we feel, think, and act.
Our mental health is impacted by various factors including:
Biological factors such as genetic conditions
Family history of mental illnesses
Trauma or abuse
Physical Health conditions
Experiencing poor mental health can feel confusing, lonely, and frightening. The state of our mental health deeply impacts other areas of our lives. It can affect the way we form and sustain relationships, our ability to cope with normal stressors, or function productively. It can also affect our ability to protect and develop our physical wellbeing.
But what most of us fail to understand is that mental illness can affect anyone. It is likely that most of us know someone who has experienced a mental health problem. It is a common experience that can affect all kinds of people from all walks of life.
A study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO), shows 1 in 5 Indians (approx. 200million) may suffer from depression in their lifetime, yet India got its first Mental Health Policy in the year 2014.
Mental Health is complex and it takes daily care and understanding to maintain good mental health. It begins with mindful practices and understanding what good mental health is.
Good mental health is characterized by an individual’s ability
To manage to cope with daily stressors
To manage a range of positive and negative emotions
To Form and sustain healthy relationships
To Work productively and fruitfully
Daily self-care practices can help us to maintain this state of good mental health. Dedicating 15 minutes of your day can greatly impact our state of wellbeing.
Talking about mental stressors to a friend in a safe and judgment-free space greatly adds to our mental wellbeing.
We recommend you grab a coffee with a dear friend!