Having good mental health is very important. Just like being physically fit, being mentally healthy makes you feel good about yourself. It also allows you to enjoy the pleasures of life, to grow and to try new things.
Maintaining good mental health is also the best way to prepare for life’s difficult moments both at a personal and professional level.
Balance: The Foundation of Good Mental Health
To maintain good mental health, you must establish a balance between various aspects of your life. These aspects are:
Achieving and maintaining this balance requires daily attention. Sometimes, life’s difficulties and challenges tip the scale one way or another. Thus, you must work at finding the point of equilibrium. This balance is the foundation of good mental health.
Factors that Influence Mental Health
Many factors influence an individual’s mental health:
- Biological factors, such as heredity or stress levels
- Personal factors, such as lifestyle, level of self-esteem or childhood experiences
- Physical environment, such as the condition of one’s home or the quality of their neighborhood
- Social environment, such as the quality of relationships with family, friends and the community
- Economic environment, such as employment status and living conditions
It is impossible to act upon such factors as heredity or certain biological characteristics. However, you can change your habits and take certain measures to keep yourself in good mental health.
Measures for Maintaining Good Mental Health
Practice good lifestyle habits
- Take time to eat well
- Go to bed at a reasonable time in order to get enough sleep
- Exercise daily
- Reduce consumption of stimulants: coffee, tea, soft drinks, energy drinks, chocolate
- Reduce or completely cut consumption of alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
Maintain your social circle
- Maintain positive relationships with those around you; your family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, etc.
- Engage in leisure activities that you enjoy, and find time to indulge in them
- Avoid staying alone if you are experiencing a difficult situation such as bereavement or a job loss. Ask for support from close relations, someone you trust or a specialised organisation
Reduce your stress level
- Use natural methods to control your stress. Take deep breaths for instance, or take time to relax
- Have confidence in yourself
- When you are experiencing difficult moments, join self-help and support groups. This allows you to exchange with other people that are in the same situation as yourself, and could help you better understand your feelings and discover the solutions of others. In doing so, it will help reduce your level of stress
Maintain a positive work environment
Encourage your employer to implement measures to reduce sources of stress and improve the work environment, for instance:
- Holding team meetings regularly
- Encouraging employees to participate in company activities
- Planning employee training programs
- Establishing a recognition system for employees’ work and participation
- Establishing measures for preventing physical and psychological harassment