Observing Mental Wellness Month

This January, we’re observing Mental Wellness Month. According to the World Health Organization, the phrase “mental wellness” represents a state in which you can cope with the stressors of day-to-day life, work productively, contribute to your community, and realize your potential. However, mental well-being isn’t wholly reliant on your emotions. To achieve this state of inner peace, you should be prepared to address all aspects of your life. Here’s how to get started.

Understanding Holistic Well-Being

Mental Wellness Month hinges on the idea of overall well-being. Why? Everything is connected. To regulate your thoughts and feelings, you should prioritize your physical, social, and spiritual health.

Research shows that your mental health is dramatically impacted by your physical health, and social interaction also plays a key role. A mediation analysis conducted by the University of Manchester and the University of Bath processed data from over 10,000 individuals over the age of 50. They found that:

  • Past mental and physical health has a significant, direct impact on future health
  • Past social interaction positively affects current physical and mental health
  • Social interactions favor good health behaviors
  • Better mental health in the past reduces cigarette consumption
  • Health investments and social contact can help to improve mental and physical health

A bulletin from the World Health Organization also explored the relationship between mental illness and physical well-being. As an example, the authors assert that when compared to the general population, patients with type II diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression. However, patients with diabetes who suffer from depression also have greater difficulty with self-care. Therefore, the relationship is reciprocal and requires significant effort to repair. The best way to do this is by addressing each area of your life, one at a time.

How to Improve Your Mental Wellness

When you’re feeling good, you’re better able to handle stress, make important decisions, and perform at work. Don’t worry if you feel like you’ve fallen behind in maintaining your mental wellness over the past few months. There are many steps that men in recovery can take to improve their well-being. Some of them require lifestyle changes, and others are just small adjustments to your mindset.

Here are our recommendations for improving your mental wellness this January.

Spend Time with Others

As we enter the third year of the pandemic, isolation has become a fact of life for many people. The resulting loneliness has seriously affected the mental health of millions around the world. Remember that there are ways to connect with others that aren’t traditional. While you may be unable to visit your parents in the way you’re used to, for example, you can always chat with them in the yard, on the phone, or over Zoom. Be sure that you keep in touch with those who matter most. 

Reframe, Don’t Blame

If you’re overwhelmed, don’t get caught up in complaining about the issue or feeling sorry for yourself. Instead, look at each challenge as a unique opportunity. Remember that this could be a life lesson and not an inconvenience. You never know – maybe you’ll improve your problem-solving skills or learn something new in the process.

Get Moving

Exercise is among the most effective ways to boost your mental wellness. Feel-good endorphins work to combat anxiety, depression, and frustration that can accumulate throughout the day. Seek out this catharsis through running, hiking, or weight training.

Stick to a Routine

Humans thrive with consistency. While routines can be tricky to start, they provide the structure you need to improve your mental wellness.Set times for meals, waking up, and going to bed. Be sure to build in some time for exercise and socialization, too. With this groundwork in place, you won’t spend all day wondering what to do next.

Talk About It

Men are conditioned to bury their feelings. Unfortunately, this can lead to unresolved marital problems, tension at work, and all-encompassing depression. Overcome the urge to hide your emotions and share them with someone you trust. If you’re having a hard time opening up, you can begin by seeing a therapist. They can help you to identify and explain your feelings.

Find a Purpose

We’re not saying you have to find your raison d’être this month, but it is important to have some sense of purpose. Are you passionate about raising money for worthy causes? Helping elderly neighbors to maintain their homes? Writing your autobiography? No matter what inspires you, seek out the thing that brings meaning to your life.

Cut Out Alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant, and many people turn to it when times are tough. As we explained last week, however, the benefits of drinking are misleading and short-lived. Over time, this substance can actually worsen depression and anxiety. It’s also incredibly addictive and negatively impacts your physical health. If you’re trying to improve your mental wellness, we recommend nixing alcohol altogether.

Help for Men in Austin, Texas

If you’re struggling to find mental wellness, you’re not alone. Help is available.

The Last Resort Recovery is a haven for men dealing with addiction and mental illness. Our experts have designed programs that are effective for men from all backgrounds. Whether you’re dealing with unresolved trauma from military service or severe anxiety, our team can help you find peace. We believe that with time, effort, and individualized care, anyone can recover.

To learn more about our addiction treatment and mental health services, contact The Last Resort Recovery today.