If someone says that they are “healthy”, we generally think of them as being in good physical health with no medical illness. But what about mental health? It is important to remember that mental health is part of overall health. So what does it mean to be “mentally healthy”?
- We experience some fluctuation in mood but these fluctuations are reasonable and tolerable. In response to stressors, we expect some change in mood, but generally the mood improves as the stressor improves.
- We experience some anxiety and worry, and sometimes this shows up in our body (upset stomach, headache, etc). However, the anxiety is reasonable and does not cause problems with functioning.
- We are able to develop and sustain meaningful relationships with other people. There is a wide range of “normal” desire to socialize but most of us require at least a small amount of healthy social interaction.
- Our sleep and wake cycles are regular and predictable. We are able to get enough sleep on a daily basis to refresh our body and mind.
- We are able to focus and concentrate on important tasks and we are able to decide which tasks are important to us in both the short term and the long term.
- Our emotions do not overwhelm our ability to think clearly.
- We are able to learn new things and remember what we have learned.
- We are able to change our behaviors when desired and create new habits.
Are you mentally healthy? If you think you need help please reach out for help, sometimes there are non-medication treatment options that can make a big difference in a short amount of time. Live mentally healthy!
If you or a loved on are in need of help please feel free to contact us at 919-636-5240.
Live Mentally Healthy,
Dr. Jennie Byrne