What is Mental Health and Why it Matters?

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If you’re wondering what is Mental Health or why it matters, let’s begin with a few examples…

Imagine you broke your leg and were in excruciating pain. Do you think you can still run at your personal best? Or perhaps if you had a throbbing headache, do you think you could still go to work or school and deliver that presentation to your peers flawlessly? Conversely, imagine you are at the peak of your physical health. Do you reckon going up a few flights of stairs or lifting boxes that weigh 10 kgs would present a significant challenge?

Mental health, just like physical health, works in a similar manner! You would be unable to perform at your best if you have experienced a personal loss or trauma. It would be unreasonable to expect anyone to be able to carry out routine tasks if they are struggling with psychological issues. Conversely, if a person is able to maintain sound mental hygiene, then they will be much more effective in their daily tasks, relationships, work projects, and overall life satisfaction. Moreover, they will also be better prepared to deal with anxiety provoking situations, if such issues were to arise in the future.

What is Mental Health?

One must invest in themselves to ensure that they are protecting their psyché, building resilience, and strategizing practices that would strengthen their psychological immunity.

Mental Health refers to a state of wellbeing where individuals can effectively deal with stressors, manage routine tasks successfully, build resilience over time, and realize their true potential

Maintaining sound mental hygiene is a process – something that takes time. One must understand what constitutes mental health, factors that affect it, and how they can instigate change to vitalize it. As shown below, there are several different components that one needs to attend to and things may become tricky if any of them is left unchecked.

Discussing mental health with Dr Dev Roychowdhury

Why does Mental Health matter?

Mental health is a vital and inseparable component of what makes us happy, satisfied, inspired, productive, cooperative, social, and much more. In short – it makes us human!

Despite this, the burden of psychological issues and conditions has been rapidly increasing. It is now estimated that 1 in 5 people worldwide experience debilitating mental health issues. Moreover, around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have a psychological condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds. Also, approximately 1 in 5 people in post-conflict settings have a mental health condition. Furthermore, the economic cost of mental health issues are growing exponentially – conditions of depression and anxiety put together cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year. Additionally, the personal, social, and moral costs are far more devastating. Poor psychological health can cause significant impact on personal lives, relationships with family and friends, and deficient school or work performance.

Facts about mental health

  1. Mental health is about wellness rather than illness.
  2. Mental health is often misunderstood and misrepresented as a substitute for psychological disorders. It isn’t about “what’s wrong”; rather it is about “what’s going well”.
  3. You don’t need to be in any sort of strife to seek support. Conversely, if you are experiencing psychological issues, it doesn’t mean you are beyond help.
  4. You will, at some point in your life, experience mental health issue.
  5. Seeking professional help is an investment. It will help you gain crucial life skills and manage your issues better.
  6. You can do a lot more for someone who is experiencing a mental health issue. Sometimes just listening to what they have to say or being there for them means a lot.

Seek Help

If you didn’t know how to use a software or an app on your smartphone, should you feel ashamed to ask an expert about it? Would you spend crucial years of your life, trying to figure it out by yourself, especially when help was readily available? What if you developed a serious infection which you felt was getting worse? Would you seek immediate specialist attention? Or would you wait and hope it would somehow disappear. If you think this sounds like a terrible idea, you’re right!

You ought to treat mental health like any other issue in your life. If you need help, seek help. Seeking support to manage your mental health does not mean you’re weak. It simply means you have the courage to seek out positive change.

Tips to maintain good mental hygiene

  1. Maintain a healthy balance of nutritious diet, sound sleep, and sufficient exercise
  2. Practice mindfulness
  3. Talk about your psychological issues with people you trust
  4. Seek professional assistance if and when needed
  5. Maintain a small but close group of social circle
  6. Pick a hobby that you enjoy and can maintain periodically
  7. Avoid drinking and smoking
  8. Stay away from toxic thoughts, behaviours, and people
  9. Develop self-acceptance, compassion, and care
  10. Give back to the community wherever you can
  11. Take rest or regular breaks
  12. Create an action plan to manage stress and build resilience
Mental Health care with Dr Dev Roychowdhury

Investing in your mental health means your present self values, respects, and cares about your future self. Invest in your self, one day at a time!

Where to start?

If you are interested in investing in yourself and building long-term resilience, contact us today!

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By Dr Dev Roychowdhury

Dr Dev Roychowdhury is a researcher, scholar, and consultant in mindfulness, mental health, and sport, exercise, and performance psychology. He is the Research Director and Chief Consultant at DR ACADEMY. Dr Roychowdhury has earned a doctorate in psychology and possesses proficient lecturing, research, and industry experience. In academia, he has lectured at Monash University and Victoria University. He takes keen interest in research and has published his work in high-impact journals. He is regularly invited to present his research and conduct workshops and seminars at international conferences. Additionally, Dr Roychowdhury continues to consult with individuals, groups, and organisations to help them achieve their goals and flourish in their chosen endeavours. Dr Dev Roychowdhury has also served in various senior leadership and executive positions. He has served as a uniformed and commissioned Military Officer in the Royal Australian Army within the Australian Defence Force. Furthermore, he has been elected as the Australian representative in the Managing Council of Asian South-Pacific Association of Sport Psychology. Dr Roychowdhury has also been invited as a Guest Editor for Asian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology and reviewer for several scientific journals. He likes to spend his leisure time reading, painting, meditating, and playing sport.

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