Self-Care: Are You Good, Mentally?

It seems that nothing can be more scary than having health issues and needing to go to the doctor for a checkup, but what about having mental health issues and needing a counselor or psychiatrist?

That can be even more scary for some people. No one wants people to think they are “crazy” or “not holding it together”. Or, what about sharing some of the most vulnerable moments about yourself to a stranger and being afraid of what they will think about you afterwards. There is so much stigma revolving around getting help with mental health issues. 

In today’s society, we all walk around with different hats on, trying to fill our roles at work, at home, at events, and in the community. But where does mental health issues fit into these roles we play out in our lives. Most of the time mental health issues seem to provide obstacles to everyday life. Why does it have to be embarrassing to need help?

If it was a physical injury or illness, most people would encourage you to see a physician without even giving it much thought. But what happens when it’s an issue that people can not see or do not understand. It can be difficult to know what to do about it, who to talk to, who to trust, and to reach a understanding about yourself and what is really happening to you. 

This is why it is important to seek professional help, even if it was just to learn about your options and how they may be of service to you as it relates to your symptoms. 

What does a mentally healthy person look like? People who display good mental health:

  • Adapt to new situations
  • Feel Good About Themselves
  • Set Goals
  • Have Meaningful Relationships
  • Able to Make Decisions and Solve Problems
  • Display Empathy
  • Take Responsibility for Their Behavior
  • Express Emotions in Healthy Ways
  • Able to Cope With Daily Stressors
  • Have a Balanced Life
  • Engage in Positive Social Interaction
  • Take Care of Their Bodies
  • Are Productive

Getting help as soon as possible could make the difference between you struggling day to day and having the tools to live a more balanced life. Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Let’s take better steps to self-care and good mental health. 

How do you know when you are at good mental health or how do you know when it’s time to improve? Comment below!

Published by Asha Griffin, MA, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH

I am Asha Griffin, a licensed professional counselor in South Carolina. I am dedicated to improving the mental health of others and helping them to "tend to their gardens". My goal is to inspire people in finding better balance in their lives.

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