Mental health. Something all of us humans cope with because we were all born with a beautiful brain. A beautiful brain that will sometimes try and trick us into believing we are incapable — cue the self-doubt, anxiety and burn outs that come with simply ‘living.’
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 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 fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”. So how exactly do we get to this state?
Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day, and while I have a pretty standard list of remedies that help me get out of a funk (go outside, exercise, pet my dogs, phone a friend, take a bath, plan a trip etc) — I think I would rather leave a list here of why our mental health matters and what we should probably be prioritizing it over. Once we learn to prioritize it, maybe life won’t seem as hard.
Your mental health matters more than other’s expectations. Trying to constantly please others or conforming to what others see as ‘normal’ is exhausting. Setting boundaries making decisions that align with your values and prioritizing your own needs will work wonders for your well-being.
Your mental health matters more than your job. No job should come at the expense of your happiness. You are allowed to give yourself a break, you’re allowed to take a sick day for your mental health and you’re allowed to say no. You are never going to get far in your career if you push your mental well-being to the side.
Your mental health matters more than your pride. It’s scary to ask for help, but it’s not embarrassing. No one else’s opinion should weigh on your self growth. Be proud that you’re taking steps to better yourself and your health.
Your mental health matters more than your companionships. Friendships, family-ships, and relationships are a beautiful part of life, one of the best parts in my opinion. Maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself is essential to establish healthy ‘ships’ with others.
Your mental health matters the most. Mental health affects every aspect of our lives. How we think, feel, behave, our relationships and overall quality of life.
Prioritize accordingly. And remember we are all a work in progress and probably a lot more alike than we realize.
With love, Elli Gentile