The Nurse’s Note: Mental Health for All – What is Mental Health
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Mental health is 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 is able to contribute to his or her community. Over the past two years, everyone has had to deal with the stressors of the pandemic and the challenges encountered. Everyone feels worried, anxious, or down from time to time. Mental health affects how we think, feel, act, and can also impact whether we make healthy choices related to food and exercise. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. High stress levels can increase the risk of many types of physical health problems, like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. It is important for all of us to remember that depending on the factors and certainly when demands are placed on us that exceeds our resources and coping abilities, mental health can be impacted. A simple walk, whether outside or indoors, can boost our mental health. The mental health benefits of walking can lower stress levels and help you solve problems. Walking is also linked to better sleep, a reduced risk of depression, and higher levels of happiness. Talking with a trusted friend can help lower stress and can help put things into prospective which may allow you to work out solutions to presented challenges. Small lifestyle changes can make a large difference in how we cope with the day-to-day stresses of life.