Being mentally healthy is more than just having no mental illness. A person with a mental disorder can live as if he has never had any disorder, leading to a balanced and satisfying life.
A person is in good physical health and has good mental health that makes him feel good about himself. It also allows you to enjoy the joys of life, to thrive and to try new things.
Maintaining good mental health is also one of the best ways to prepare for the difficult times in life, personally or professionally.
Basis for good mental health: balance
To maintain good mental health, it is necessary to strike a balance between the various aspects of one’s life, that is to say the aspects:
The periods of life (studies, professional development, family life, etc.), the difficulties and challenges encountered sometimes tip the balance on one side or the other. It may therefore be relevant to question the changes to be made in order to promote the maintenance of one’s mental health.
Factors that influence mental health
Several factors influence a person’s mental health:
– biological factors, for example inheritance;
– personal factors: such as self-esteem, lifestyle, or childhood experiences;;
– physical environment: for example the quality of the neighborhood or the state of the place of residence;
– social environment: for example the quality of relationships established with friends and the community or family, ;
– economic environment: such as living conditions and employment status.
It is impossible to act on certain factors such as inheritance or certain biological characteristics. However, you can change your habits and take certain measures to maintain good mental health.
Steps to Maintain Good Mental Health
Adopt good lifestyle habits
– Take your the time to eat well.
– Go to bed at a reasonable hour to get enough sleep.
– Exercise every day.
– Reduce your consumption of stimulants: coffee, tea, carbonated or energy drinks, chocolate.
– Reduce or completely stop using alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
Maintain your social network
- Maintain positive relationships with those around you: family members, friends, neighbors, work colleagues, etc.
- Take part in leisure activities that you enjoy and find time to enjoy them.
- Avoid being alone if you are in a difficult situation such as bereavement or loss of job. Ask for support from your loved ones, a trusted person or a specialized organization.
Reduce your stress level
- Use natural methods to control your stress. For example, exercise and take deep breaths or take time to relax.
- Trust yourself.
- When you are going through difficult times, take part in self-help and support groups. This will allow you to interact with other people who are in the same situation as you. This could help you better manage your emotions while learning from the experiences of others.
Maintain a positive workplace climate
Encourage your employer to take steps to reduce sources of stress and improve the work environment, for example:
- hold regular team meetings;
- encourage employee participation in business activities;
- provide staff training programs;
- set up a system for recognizing work and employee participation;
- take steps to prevent psychological harassment and to foster civility at work.