by Tracy Bailey

January 21, 2023

Mental health is an important aspect of overall well-being and should be given the same attention as physical health.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is defined as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community."

Maintaining good mental health is crucial for leading a fulfilling life and preventing various mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that "untreated mental illness can lead to serious and persistent problems, such as relationship difficulties, poor work or school performance, and even suicide."

There are various ways to take care of one's mental health. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), some effective ways to improve mental health include:

  • Practicing good self-care, such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and engaging in regular physical activity

  • Building and maintaining positive relationships with family and friends

  • Practicing stress-reducing techniques, such as meditation and yoga

  • Seeking professional help, such as therapy or counseling, when needed

It is important to note that seeking help for mental health issues should not be stigmatized. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) states that "mental health conditions are real medical conditions that affect a person's thinking, feeling, mood, and behavior. They are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing."

In conclusion, taking care of mental health is crucial for leading a fulfilling life and preventing various mental illnesses. Effective ways to improve mental health include practicing good self-care, building and maintaining positive relationships, practicing stress-reducing techniques, and seeking professional help when needed.


About the author 

Tracy Bailey

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Florida. I am certified through the National Counselor Certification and received my Master of Arts for Mental Health Counseling from Colorado Christian University. I hold certificates in Suicide Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, And Dialectical Behavioral Therapy among others. I offer different types of online therapy and counseling in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Florida. Book a session and begin your life transformation now.

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