Importance of Mental Health

Mental Health Issues are on the rise!

In today’s world where we are always connected, mental health cases are rising rapidly. More people are suffering with anxiety, depression, and a sense of loneliness. Although this is not something new, it has been boosted significantly in terms of awareness and numbers since the Covid-19 pandemic. It is more vital than ever to start thinking about your own mental health and supporting others who may be in need of support!

Mental Health Matters

What is Mental Health?

Many people struggle to comprehend what Mental Health includes and why people suffer with these conditions. There are a number of contributing factors to mental health problems like life experiences, family history or biological factors.

But what is mental health? It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It is a defining factor in the way we act, think, and feel. Mental health is also how people deal with stress, relate to other people and make decisions throughout life.

As such an important part of our lives, it is vital to ensure we do what we can to maintain a positive mental health for ourselves, and support others who may be in need.

Signs of Mental Health Problems

Spotting the signs of mental health problems can be difficult for yourself, let alone for others. Signs can be emotional or behavioural signs like:

  • Low or no energy
  • Feeling low and helpless
  • Eating or sleeping more than normal
  • Isolating from people
  • Feeling confused, angry, upset or on edge
  • Causing rifts between yourself and your family or friends
  • Persistent thoughts that you can’t get out of your head
  • Thoughts about self-harm
  • Unable to perform daily tasks

The above signs are not the only possible signs of mental health but give an indication of what to look out for when concerned about friends or family who may be struggling in some way.

If you notice any of these signs in your own behaviour, or in others, seek advice and support!

Boosting Your Mental Health

It can be easy to fall out of step with daily routines when feeling down, but it is important for your mental health to maintain routine. If you or someone you know is feeling low, give them a positive mental boost!

  • Undertake light daily exercise
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Prioritise sleep and a sleeping routine
  • Reduce time online or watching screens
  • Set personal goals
  • Engage in some self-love – relaxation or journaling for example
  • Experient with new hobbies
  • Learn to challenge negative thoughts

Contact New Leaf Today!

Seeking support and guidance for mental health problems is vital to help ensure you don’t resort to self-medication methods.

New Leaf are available to help guide you through your problems, or those of a loved one. Contact us today to get the right medical support.