No matter where you turn these days there seems to be a lot of emphasis placed on physical health. Be it in magazines, printing pictures on canvas artwork, bus bench ads, or television commercials, taking care of our bodies has become a topic of great interest. While it's very important to make sure that we do everything in our power to ensure we are in tip-top physical health that doesn't mean we shouldn't also be focusing on our mental health as well.
However, that's not always the case, as many people exercise in or outside of their home or office for the sole purpose of bettering their physical health. In scenarios like that were physical well-being is put on a pedestal when compared to mental health it can lead to a slippery slope. Your mental health plays just as vital a role in your life, in some cases, even more so, than your physical health and if you ignore it that could lead to some very serious issues or crisis.
Mental health can mean a number of different things so we thought it would be best to provide you with an official definition of the term mental health that comes from the World Health Organization, who defines mental health 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."
That might be a long-winded definition but it hits on all aspects of mental health in a respectful manner. For people that believe they may suffer from a common mental health disorders such as anxiety disorders and depression or not so common mental disorders like Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia its best to get treated by a mental health professional. Almost half of the population in the world is affected in some way by mental illness and that can cause a negative impact on one's self-esteem, their relationships and everyday life.
Not only that, but mental health can also take a toll on one physically and no matter how much you exercise or how often you visit with your physio therapist or chiropractor (see services here), your physical well-being will be affected by your mental health issues. We hope that taking the time to read this article on mental health will make you question how devoted you are to your current mental health state.