According to WHO, Mental Health is defined as the condition in which individuals
Good mental health is characterized by:
• The ability of individuals to know their potential and maximize that potential
• The individual’s ability to overcome the pressing situation he faces
• The ability of individuals to work productively and profitably in the workplace,
family, community, and among friends
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Both
must be equally guarded.
In life, we have times when we feel depressed, sad, or afraid.
Often these feelings disappear with the completion of the problems we face.
But sometimes that feeling develops into a more serious problem. That matter
can happen to one of us.
Every individual has a different way of dealing with each problem
facing it. Some can rise again from setbacks while there are people
others who might feel burdened by it for a long time.
The mental health we have is not always the same. Can change due to existence
changes in the environment and us who continue to move through the stages of life
different. With these changes, we are expected to be able
to keep maintaining good mental health.
Practical ways that can be done to maintain our mental health:
1. Accept and respect yourself
Each individual is different and unique, but one thing in common is nonexistent
perfect individual. Appreciate ourselves. Recognize and accept the weaknesses
we have, but focus on the things that are our strengths. Do it
more realistic about the things we still want to change in ourselves. If thing
it can be changed, try to change it slowly.
2. Maintain good relations
No need to struggle alone when we face a problem. Family relationship
and good friends can help overcome stress in life because you can
provide input and make us feel cared for. Keep guard
good relations by always exchanging news over the telephone, meeting, and telling each other.
3. Active activities
Be active in meeting many people and join in new activities
in the environment. Enter the community, arrange meetings with friends,
or follow a course that can help us feel better. Take part in activities
which aims to help others can also make us feel needed
and become increasingly valuable. This makes confidence more and more
increase. Activities like this also help us see the world from a view
different so that it helps to see the problem from another perspective.
4. Tell stories to others about your life so that mental health is maintained
Storytelling about feelings that are felt does not indicate that we are weak,
but it is part of our efforts to maintain mental health.
Being listened to by others makes us feel supported and not alone.
It may be difficult at first, but if you continue to do it you will get used to it. Therefore, look for people you can talk to casually and say what
that is in your head.
5. Actively moving
Find sports that we like and start doing. Training on the body is trusted
can remove chemical compounds in the brain that make us feel
better. Therefore, regular exercise can make us feel more positive,
helps concentration, sleep, and makes us feel and look better.
Moving does not have to be with sports but can be done through other activities
like walking in the park, gardening, or doing housework.
Do it for at least 30 minutes, 3-5 times a week.
6. Perform controlled activities
Doing activities that we like and interest can help overcome stress.
Preferred activities are activities that we master and can help us
more confident and overcome the emotions we feel. Gardening, cooking,
painting, playing music, exercising are examples of activities that can help
us express ourselves. Look for activities that can help you.
7. Take a break to neutralize your mental health
If too much activity turns mental health out to depress us, then look for time for rest and relaxation. Listen to our own body. If the body is very tired,
give time to sleep. Besides doing activities like listening to music,
read, watch movies, or try new fun activities. You
also can do breathing arrangements, yoga, or meditation. Use
10 minutes to rest on a busy day will help us overcome
9. Ask for help
Sometimes we feel tired or overwhelmed when something bad happens. The moment
the problem has started to overdo and you feel you cannot overcome, ask
help. Family and friends are the closest environments that can listen to
your problem. Besides that, you can also pray or pray. If you experience
a physical problem, go to the doctor. Likewise, if you feel you have a psychological problem,
You can consult a psychologist, psychiatrist, religious leader. Don’t be shy to
ask for help from experts for good mental health. Everyone needs
assistance from time to time and there is nothing wrong with asking for help. The reality,
asking for help is a sign of personal strength.