Wellness Studio : What Contributes to Our Mental Wellness?

Mental wellness encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is important to realize that mental wellness is not merely the absence of mental disorders or disabilities. Everyone is at risk of experiencing mental health problems at some point. There is nothing embarrassing about struggling with mental wellness, or receiving necessary mental health services. Mental wellness is essential for our collective and individual ability as humans to think, emote, interact with others, earn a living, and enjoy life to the fullest. 

There are many social, psychological, and biological factors that can contribute to mental health problems throughout one’s life. Genetics or a family history of mental health struggles can indicate an increased chance one will struggle with a mental health disorder. Experiencing violence, abuse, and other traumatic events can result in mental health struggles. Poor mental wellness is also associated with stressful work conditions, financial stress, gender or race discrimination, unhealthy lifestyle choices, physical ill-health, rapid social changes, social exclusion, and substance abuse.

Prioritizing one’s mental wellness is important. There are steps that can be  taken to help maintain mental wellness. Small things like physical activity, eating balanced and healthy meals, connecting with others in life, taking a break when needed, remembering something to be grateful for, and getting adequate sleep can assist in improving and maintaining mental wellness. Of course, one should always seek out professional help if mental health issues are affecting their relationships with others, and their ability to function in day to day life. In fact, mental health services have been shown to reduce the risk of chronic physical diseases caused by constant stress, anxiety, or self-medication through substance abuse. Take care!

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