Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
It is important because it influences every aspect of our lives - how we think, feel, and behave every day. It affects our ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s setbacks and hardships. We all have mental health, but how good is it?
Being mentally healthy is not just the absence of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Good mental health refers to the presence of positive characteristics, like contentment, optimism, self-confidence, and resilience. Managing our stress levels is one way we can promote good mental health, and mindfulness meditation has been proven to be effective in doing just that. It reduces stress, increases calm and focus, and promotes greater physical and emotional well-being. Think of it as mental hygiene. And the best part is, anyone can do it.