Recognizing Poor Mental Health
By: Ambria holman
Mental Health is influenced by many factors for example sleep/diet habits, life experiences, even biological factors such family history. According to MentalHealth.gov, Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act.
The effects of poor mental health can impact anyone! Understanding the signs are important to navigating a healthier lifestyle. Early signs of poor mental health include but are not limited to: increased agitation or sadness, inability to perform typical daily tasks, loss or increased appetite, feelings of low/no energy.
Mental health affects everyone regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
Things to do to improve mental wellness:
Did you know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress? Whether a walk around the block or weight-lifting at your local gym, adding 30-minutes of exercise can make a significant difference. Also, exercise paired with a healthy diet can help decrease risks of developing other health issues such as high-blood pressure and heart disease.
Talk About It
Did you know that 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 5 children have a mental illness? One of the best ways to understand the impact of poor mental health is to talk about it. By creating positive conversations around mental illness, we can help decrease stigmas or negative perceptions around mental health. And with fewer stigmas, there will be fewer barriers for individuals seeking needed diagnosis and treatment.