Mental health affects so many aspects of our lives. How we think, what we feel, and how we act. It also plays a huge role in how choose to handle stress, how we relate and interact with others, and how you make choices. As some tend to focus on their physical health—the hours at the gym, the food that we eat, etc—it’s also important to take a look into your mental health and make sure we are taking the necessary steps to maintain or achieve our own “mental health.”

An article by, entitled “What is Mental Health,” it breaks down factors that may contribute to mental health problems. Some of these include hereditary and biological factors (genes or maybe brain chemistry), life experiences (trauma or abuse), and also family history of mental health problems.

Do you wonder if you, or someone you know may be living with mental health problems? Knowing the signs and being aware of them can help prevent further issues or problems, and help on the road to recovery of mental health. Here is a list of Early Warning Signs; one or more of the following can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

Mental health and wellness are so important and play such a huge role in our daily lives. Maintaining or achieving mental health is something that can be done, but you need to make sure you are aware of yourself. Look for the warning signs, be aware of what’s going on, and get the help you need if there is a problem. Take care of you! There’s no one like you!

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