According to the CDC, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we manage stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. It is important to remember that mental health is just as important at every stage of life, from early childhood and adolescence through adulthood, and every individual can experience a change in their mental health.
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, poor mental health and mental illness are not the same. A person can experience poor mental health and not be diagnosed with a mental illness. In contrast, a person diagnosed with a mental illness can experience periods of sound physical, mental, and social well-being. So it is important to know and understand exactly what is afflicting you and your overall health.
Our overall heath depends on how mentally and physically healthy we are. For example, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness. As you can see, the two are interrelated and must be attended to. Just like we would go to the doctor for the flu or another type of illness, we must take care of our mental health as well if we are to live happy and healthy lives.
We here at H&H Child Care Training are offering classes on helping both teachers and children cope with daily stressors that can cause a decline in overall health. Click on our website to learn more about our “I’m So Stressed” and “Stressbusters: Stress Management for Child Care Providers” classes and start to take care of your mental health today!