Why you should care for your mental health


Mylie Dillion, Reporter

Mental health plays an essential part of our overall well being. It plays a part in how we think, feel, and behave. Sadly, many people do not see their mental health as a priority and they don’t seek the help they need. 

Caring for your mental health can improve your quality of life. When you are mentally healthy, you can cope with stress, maintain healthier relationships, and enjoy life. On the other hand, poor mental health does the opposite. It can lead to many problems including unhealthy relationships, difficulty focusing at work or school, and physical health problems.

Caring for your mental health can also reduce your risk of mental illness. Exercising, getting more sleep, and eating healthier are all ways we care for our physical health to prevent health problems. Just like how we try to prevent physical health problems we can also help prevent developing mental illness. Staying connected with others, practicing good self care, and seeking help if you need it are just a few ways you can do this.

Caring for your mental health can also improve your physical health. There is a very strong link between physical health and mental health. For example, depression has been linked to many things like diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. When you are caring for your mental health you are also caring for your physical health.

What can I do to care for my mental health? This is the question that many people ask themselves. You can start by quieting your mind. Take at least 30 minutes a day to just stop what you are doing and relax. 

Don’t stress yourself out. If you cannot do something then you just can not do it. It is okay to not be able to do something.

Surround yourself with good people. People who are more supportive of you are better for your mental health.

It’s okay to ask for help. Asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness. Treatment is effective. Getting appropriate care can change your life.

Overall, you should care for your mental health. By caring for your mental health you are caring for yourself.