Mental wellness is a state of wellbeing in which the individual is able to use his cognitive and emotional abilities, function in society and meet the demands of everyday life. Mental wellness may also be defined as the absence of mental disorders. Studies have shown 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness sometime in their life.
One way to keep mentally healthy is to watch out for symptoms. Common symptoms in mental disorders include:
- Depressions that last more than a few weeks
- Confused thoughts, delusions and or hallucinations
- Extreme fears or anxiety that seem “out of proportion” to circumstances or events
- Lack of motivation for a prolonged period of time
- Persistent feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
- Extreme mood swings
- Difficulty concentrating and/or sudden irritability
- Disruption to usual sleep patterns
- Talk or thoughts of suicide
While it might not be easy to talk about some of these symptoms, the sooner the person seeks help, the better he will be prepared to manage a mental illness.
If you are concerned about your friend or if you personally feel overwhelmed by life’s stressors, you are not alone. There are trained professionals to help. We encourage you to approach the counsellor at SIM GE or consult a doctor/general practitioner.
Some tips to maintain mental wellness:
- Set aside time for breaks to relax everyday
- Recognise and manage negative thoughts
- Set priorities
- Strive to attain wellness in the other dimensions – physical, emotional, mental and social
- Be part of a social support group – family or friends