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What are the Warning Signs of Mental Illness?
The first step toward achieving mental wellness is being honest with yourself. That is, you must be willing to make a realistic assessment of how you are doing. Are you constantly feeling stressed or depressed? Do you ever feel a sense of hopelessness? And what things do you do to deal with those negative thoughts and feelings?
Feeling unusually forgetful, on edge, angry, worried, or scared
Yelling or fighting with family and friends
Experiencing severe mood swings that cause relationship problems
Having thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
Thinking of harming yourself or others
Inability to perform daily tasks like getting to work or school
This is not a complete list. But it does give you some idea of what to look for in others (or yourself). Thus, it’s possible for someone to have mental health issues and not even be aware of them. To make matters worse, the consequences of not having mental wellness can stay with us for years to come.
Keep a journal. When you are writing, try to take note of the things you are grateful for.
Spend time with a pet or other furry friend.
Take time to laugh.
Your mental wellness depends on achieving balance inside and in your world
Social Interaction Can be Critical to Maintaining Mental Wellness
There is one other thing that many organizations say will help you build up your mental wellness, and it may be the most important: Stay connected to others. The time you spend with friends and loved ones can be very good therapy. If your socializing is limited by the pandemic or other circumstances, you can still call or do video chats.
A particularly useful way to stay connected socially is by helping others. For example, you might help a friend with a home project or buy groceries for someone. Or you could volunteer with an organization. Helping others provides a double benefit: Not only do we get to enjoy the social time, we also get the satisfaction of knowing we have helped others.
When to Seek the Help of a Mental Health Professional
Of course, these strategies are intended for people who may be dealing with “the blues.” Serious mental health issues usually cannot be treated by simple things like doing volunteer work.
So if you think the issue is more serious, or even if you’re not sure, you should definitely consider getting professional help. A therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist can provide much greater insight.
Mental Wellness Helps Us to Live a Fuller, Happier Life
Mental wellness is not just a nice thing to have; it is essential to our well-being. People who are mentally well typically are in better health and have closer relationships. Mentally healthy people even are more likely to enjoy better financial health. In short, mental wellness is about being able to live and enjoy your life to the fullest.
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