I’m excited about contributing to Healthy Connections this month. As the Behavioral Health Specialist for Perry County Medical Center, I am part of your medical team whose goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. Wellness is essential to living a full and productive life. We may have different ideas about what wellness means, but it involves a set of skills and strategies to prevent the onset of or shorten the duration of illness while promoting recovery and well-being. It’s about keeping healthy as well as getting healthy.
And, I would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness about wellness strategies that involve behavioral health.
Wellness is more than an absence of disease. It involves complete general, mental, and social well-being. Mental health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. The fact is that our overall well-being is tied to the balance that exists between our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental health.
Whatever our situation, we all experience stress given the demands of daily life and the challenges it brings—at home, work, and in life. It’s how we cope with these stressors that can make a difference in our mental health. Steps that build and maintain well-being involve a balanced diet, regular exercise, adequate sleep, a sense of self-confidence, development of coping skills that promote bouncing back from hard times, awareness of our feelings, and connections to our family, friends, and the community.
These steps should be complemented by taking stock of one’s well-being through regular mental health checkups. Just as we check our blood pressure and get other health screenings, it’s a good idea to take periodic reading of our emotional well-being and stress. One recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors and nurse practitioners routinely screen for mental health. This typically includes questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits, stress, and mental wellness. Roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition of some type. Conditions like depression are common, and they are extremely treatable.
Fully embracing the concept of physical and emotional wellness not only improves health in the mind, body and spirit, but also maximizes one’s potential to lead a full and productive life. Using strategies that promote healthy coping can lead to improved general health and a healthier society overall. Please consider incorporating some of these steps into your life if you haven’t already, discussing your mental health with a healthcare provider, or making an appointment with a mental health professional if you have concerns about your emotional well-being.
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