Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Is So Important
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Is So Important

It is necessary...there are ways to recognize poor mental health, and ways to take care of it.

317
Taking Care Of Your Mental Health Is So Important
Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash
"It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse." --Ruby Wax

Sometimes, we don't realize how important it is to take care of our brain and well-being, as much as we take care of our bodies. However, your mental health is actually one of the most vital things to pay attention to, because if you are not in the right place mentally, you won't be physically either. It ultimately decides how you are feeling, and how you interact.

We all have had one of those days where we just need a break, not because we are actually sick, but we just need to slow down the stress momentarily. Can you imagine what that is like for people who feel like that on a day to day basis? Well, I can tell you what it is like from firsthand experience, and why it is so important to take care of it as soon as possible.

I have been clinically diagnosed with both anxiety and depression, although I knew it before I was diagnosed. I went through a time where I felt like I could not get out of bed, no matter how much motivation I had. It was affecting work, school, and even my relationships with friends and family.

I knew it was getting to a point that was very unhealthy, but it still took me some time to be seen for this. It's scary, and I know that I felt embarrassed to tell anyone what was going on. I didn't want to be looked at differently or treated differently just because I have a mental illness.

Once I got treatment, though, I had never felt better in my entire life. I felt like me, but better. I finally had the motivation to go to work and school and do things with friends. I had even become more spontaneous and wasn't as reserved about trying new things like I used to be. This only made my life better, all because I decided to focus on my mental health.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that you take a break from stress when needed, tell people how you are feeling, and notice any changes within yourself. If you are starting to act differently than you normally do, even if it is just becoming irritated or a trait you don't typically have, pay attention to it! That means you may need to make some changes in your life. Whether that is your routine, who you surround yourself with, or the way you handle stress, that's up to you.

I also understand that even though society is getting a better understanding of mental health, there are still a lot of stigmas around things like anxiety and depression, along with other mental illnesses/disorders. It is necessary to push past these stigmas, and realize that there are people who are going to understand exactly what you are dealing with, and will want to help you. Another reason people don't talk about mental health is that to friends and family they seemed like nothing was wrong for so long, that it makes it hard to admit there actually is something wrong internally.

I just want to end with this...be you, do you, and don't lose who you are along the path of life.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

6 Questions To Ask Yourself When Cleaning Up Your Room

This holiday break is the perfect time to get away from the materialistic frenzy of the world and turn your room into a decluttered sanctuary.

316
Pixar

Cleaning isn’t just for spring. In fact, I find school’s holiday break to be a very effective time for decluttering. You’re already being bombarded by the materialistically-infatuated frenzy of society’s version of Christmas, Hanukah, etc. It’s nice to get out of the claustrophobic avarice of the world and come home to a clean, fresh, and tidy room. While stacking up old books, CDs, and shoes may seem like no big deal, it can become a dangerous habit. The longer you hang onto something, whether it be for sentimental value or simply routine, it becomes much harder to let go of. Starting the process of decluttering can be the hardest part. To make it a little easier, get out three boxes and label them Donate, Storage, and Trash. I'm in the middle of the process right now, and while it is quite time consuming, it is also so relieving and calming to see how much you don't have to deal with anymore. Use these six questions below to help decide where an item gets sorted or if it obtains the value to stay out in your precious sanctuary from the world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Why I Don't Write (Or Read) An "Open Letter To My Future Husband/Wife"

Because inflated expectations and having marriage as your only goal are overrated.

12801
Urban Intellectuals

Although I have since changed my major I remember the feverish hysteria of applying to nursing school--refreshing your email repeatedly, asking friends, and frantically calculating your GPA at ungodly hours of the night. When my acceptance came in I announced the news to friends and family with all the candor of your average collegiate. I was met with well wishes, congratulations, and interrogations on the program's rank, size, etc. Then, unexpectedly, I was met with something else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Meet the creators making their voices heard on Odyssey.

3754
Top 3 Response Articles of This Week
Why I Write On Odyssey

At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Last week, our response writers sparked some great conversations right here on our homepage. Here are the top three response articles:

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

"Arthur's Perfect Christmas" Is The Perfect Holiday Special, Move Over Charlie Brown

Arthur Read is here to deliver the real meaning of Christmas.

4424
Pexels

As the holiday season draws nearer, many of us find ourselves drawn to the same old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials and the perennial favorite, "A Charlie Brown Christmas." However, I would like to suggest an overlooked alternative, "Arthur's Perfect Christmas." It is a heartfelt, funny, and surprisingly inclusive Christmas special that deserves more recognition.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Reclaim Your Weekends From The 'Sunday Scaries' With 'Self-Love Sundays' Instead

Everyone needs a day to themselves sometimes.

3941
Reclaim Your Weekends From The 'Sunday Scaries' With 'Self-Love Sundays' Instead
Olivia DeLucia

Laid back and taking it easy — sometimes that is the motto we all need after a busy week. Sunday scaries? Yes, they are valid – but you know what else is? A Sunday full of self-love. A lazy Sunday spent doing what you feel needs to be done to ease into the next week. Self-Love Sundays are a guilty pleasure that isn't only essential for our mind, and body, but are also a surprisingly proactive way to devote the upcoming week with a clear mindset.

So, what is a more suitable way to dedicate your week's end than a beautifully, connected playlist to accompany your face masks and journaling? Cheers, to a Self-Love Sunday (and a playlist intertwined with it to match). (Please note: "Sunday Morning" isn't included in this list, due to the obvious, but feel free to blast it anyway, we know you want to).

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments