Consider the basic needs required to live a mentally healthy life. Do you picture Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? You should. The pyramid provides a general guideline of what is needed to uncover our full potential.
Once every action is taken in an attempt to fulfill some goal that provides you with a sense of personal achievement or improvement, your actions could be a sign of toxic productivity. Toxic productivity is the lack of ability in doing something simply to do it. Productivity becomes the main, or only goal often to the extent that it takes over other areas of your life. This could look like an obsession, competition, or addiction.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health while working on your physical health. I am going to attempt to explain to you why running improves your mental health.
I am not going to discuss anything that the professionals would say. Instead, I am going to explain how running has improved my own mental health. But to do this, you may need a little bit of background information.
Teaching children to care for themselves mentally at an early age and providing them with the tools necessary to do so will encourage a lifetime of mental well-being. Having a positive view of oneself affects so many aspects of our lives, from education to socialization our mental health touches on every interaction and experience we have.
According to the data collected by the MHA, an average of 19%, and a total of 47.1 million Americans struggle with a mental illness. Of those 47.1 million people almost 11% of them are uninsured. Meaning 2.4 million people had no access to mental healthcare unless they paid 100% out of pocket.
How many times throughout our life have we heard the following phrases? Big boys don’t cry. Men can’t wear pink. You shouldn’t let your son play with dolls. Man-up. Stop being a baby. These phrases have become commonplace in cultures that support toxic masculinity.
Mental illness is often stigmatized. We talk about what those fighting mental illness struggle with and what it’s like dealing with a mental disorder. But, honestly, individuals with mental illness struggle with the same things that we do. They deal with the same situations that we deal with. Individuals with mental illness are simply individuals. They are not their condition
In the mental health field, there are a variety of different professions. Counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and psychoanalysts all work together as a team in an attempt to support their clients. But, these professionals face many challenges each day. From poor infrastructure to obtaining cultural compliance, these professionals work hard to create safe spaces that are judgment-free and promote growth.
Approximately ten percent of the world has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. In the United States alone, an estimated twenty percent of adult Americans suffer from a mental illness. Of that twenty percent, only fifty percent of them seek help in managing their disorder.
There’s an elephant in the room. This enormous, grey creature is stomping his feet and swinging his trunk, but still, we all pretend not to notice. This elephant in the room is the stigma of mental illness. Similar to every other illness, every mental illness requires treatment. But, the stigma that surrounds the topic prevents many people from seeking it.