Mental health translates to the state of our minds.  Mental health assesses emotional and psychological needs, and in cases where these are not met, mental health begins to suffer.  It is for this reason it’s important to take a look at what comprises the main components of meeting these emotional psychological needs.

It is a long-running debated subject amongst scientists and psychiatrists alike, how much emotional status and well-being is determined by psychology and how much by physiology. We have been aware for many years that physiology plays a huge role in mental health. Due to specific hormones being capable of changing emotions to a huge level of specificity, so much so, we now address many mental health issues with medication. 

It has however become more prevalent in recent years, that chemical imbalance may be less responsible than we once believed. Practices such as behavioural therapists have become common ground in addressing other aspects of mental health.

Taking care of one’s mental health is an integral part of being able to enjoy life.  In a good state of mental health one can not only enjoy life but cope with every day unpleasant situations, and continue to be a contributing member of society or community.  While it seems there are many static factors which may contribute to a person’s mental health such as race, size, and various genetic attributes there are however many situational factors. These are capable of hugely affecting one’s mental health. 

It is important to note the difference in a mental health disorder, which prevents one from living an enjoyable quality of life, and a bad situation or life event, which in turn results in an expected temporary effect on one’s mental health.  In the latter case situations such as grieving or trauma can result in temporary depression.  Recovery of these periods of a decline in mental health differ between individuals, and while some go through a typical grieving process others require assistance in the form of therapy or medication.  New studies have linked a healthy body with a healthy mind, and more recently people have been taking to the treadmill for an endorphin rush to uplift their day.  This has proven very successful in those who have been able to motivate the change. 

It’s however noted that many people suffering from a decline in mental health, also lose the motivation to complete simple day to day tasks let alone exercise.  Typically those who rely on exercise for a healthy mind, are often vigilant about the correlation between nutrition and mental health.  A bad diet and a decline in mental health often go hand in hand, and the cause or effect is still not fully understood.  A nutrition diet rich in vitamins and unprocessed food can be a great addition to those struggling with a decline in mental health. However for some individuals medication and therapy are essential. 

Mental health is fragile and no one is immune to a decline, the important thing is to understand and recognise it. The days of mental health decline being a stigmatised subject are over.

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