Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your body. And this is not just our opinion!
The World Health Organization (WHO) definition states that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. But the reality is that for many people, just the fact of touching on the subject is already a reason for mistrust and withdrawal.
There’s no way, the subject is still taboo.
The stigma related to mental health is undeniable and unfortunately there is still disagreement, prejudice and even violence against people who live with some emotional issue. Which is at least contradictory, since Brazil is in 2nd place in the ranking of the most stressed population in the world , in addition to being the country with the highest rate of anxious people on the planet.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)
Where does this prejudice come from?
Of course, there are several factors, but it is possible to raise some hypotheses and reasons that lead us to sweep the subject under the rug:
- Fear of negative repercussions;
- Ashamed of being vulnerable;
- Worry that is seen as a sign of weakness;
- I am afraid it will affect reputation or career;
- Difficulty accepting the problem.
You are part of the change!
Debating without prejudice and normalizing all these issues is fundamental. Just like someone who goes to the doctor is not ashamed to speak, anyone who seeks a psychologist shouldn’t be either. In addition, it is always important to educate yourself and seek new information.
What attitudes contribute to good mental health?
You need to understand that to maintain balanced mental health and achieve a good quality of life, your effort will be daily . So there’s no recipe ready! But here are some simple tips you can follow:
Know your limitations
Do not be so hard on yourself! Analyze with critical thinking the possibilities to achieve goals and objectives. Know what is possible to be done and avoid frustrations.
Be open to the new , seek to deconstruct and overcome the barriers that impede your relationships – in the family, at work, in friendships and in love. Believe that you are in constant transformation and are capable of creating new ways of acting and thinking.
Practice self care
Have a careful and attentive look at yourself: body, mind, emotions and self-esteem. Seek to build your well-being and don’t stick to society’s standards.
And if you realize that the emotional burden is great or that you can’t take care of your mental health, don’t be silent or ashamed. Ask for help!