As I’m writing this post, I am thinking longingly of my newest art piece that is calling for my attention. After many years hiatus, I am dabbling in watercolor again and it’s pretty exciting to add color to my usual black and white style. This ties in to the title in that I am doing what is healthy for my mind; I’m taking the time to fulfill my passion for artistic expression.
Mental wellness includes our, “emotional, psychological, and social well-being (What Is, n.d.). Without nurturing our mental health we can experience things from having low or no energy, experiencing severe mood swings, to an inability to perform daily tasks (What Is, n.d.). To think that in 2011 about (Mental Health, n.d.):
- One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
- One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
- One in 20 Americans lived with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
There are many things that can upset the balance of our mental health and what we need to do is be more attentive to it before something upsets it. We live in such a fast-paced society that it’s no wonder so many of us are running around frazzled and stressed to the max.
What I need to maintain my wellness can be vastly different from what the next person needs as we are all unique with different interests. How about trying a few of these:
- Unplug from technology and go for a walk outside
- Play sports
- Read a book
- Try art
- Take a nap
- Enjoy a relaxing bath
The list is endless. What matters is putting yourself first, which is not selfish but necessary. Check out the links below for more ideas on how to maintain your mental wellness.
Until next time, discover the power of putting yourself first!
Mental Health Myths and Facts. (n.d.). Mental Health.gov. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/index.html.
What Is Mental Health? (n.d.). Mental Health.gov. Retrieved from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health/.