The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Beginning in 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month was started by the Mental Health America (MHA) organization with the hope of raising awareness about mental health and mental illnesses. MHA hopes that with more education on mental health, we can reduce the negative stigma often associated with mental health that prevents some people from seeking help. More than 18% of Americans are currently suffering from a mental illness. Today we will take a look deeper into common mental health concerns and treatments to improve your mental health.
What is Mental Health
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and make contributions to his or her community.
A person can have poor mental health without having mental illness. Our mental health is centered on our emotions, well-being and how we handle stress; while mental illness refers to conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, or behavior and affects a person’s daily functions. Some signs of poor mental health include: tiredness, poor concentration, worrying, unable to control your emotions, irritability, indecisiveness, low libido, low self-esteem and more.
There are a number of factors that can affect our mental health:
- Biological Factors - Our brain is compromised of nerve cell pathways that connect different regions of the brain. These nerve cells communicate with each other through chemicals called neurotransmitters. Studies have shown that changes or defects (from an infection or brain injury) in these chemicals or parts of the brain are linked to some mental illnesses. Genetics or prenatal damage can also be a cause of mental illness
- Psychological Factors – Trauma such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
- Environmental Factors – Different stressors can contribute negatively to our mental health. These can include a death of someone close to you, low self-esteem, major life changes, attempting to meet certain social or cultural expectations, and more
Ways To Improve Your Mental Health
Mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability. There are a variety of solutions to help improve our mental health. The easiest way to address mental health issues is to stay healthy through sleep, diet and exercise, which are major contributors to our mood, confidence, metabolism, productivity and sexual health. Pay attention to any warning signs your body may be giving you and learn what might trigger reactions so that you can correct them before they become problematic.
TeleWellnessMD® has a variety of available therapies to help you maintain and improve your mental health:
- Trim Calm is comprised of a combination of calming amino acids (GABA, Taurine, and Theanine) and the relaxation mineral Magnesium. Together, these ingredients can help to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mood. Rx Required.
- NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) – NAD directly influences the supply of neurotransmitters in your brain that are necessary for cognitive functioning. Increasing NAD levels can help to maximize cognitive function. Rx Required.
- Trim Tart Cherry helps to naturally promote relaxation and restful sleep.
- Trim Adrenal Repair helps to support the body’s ability to regulate stress and improve energy and mood.
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