Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
It is very important at every stage of life from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Some factors that contribute to your mental health are :
1. Biological factors- genes or brain chemistry.
2. Life experiences- trauma or abuse.
3. Family history of mental health problems.
Early Warning Signs :
1. Eating or sleeping too much or too little.
2. Having low to no energy.
3. Feeling helpless or useless.
4. Having persistent thoughts and memories that can't get out of your head.
5. Having aches or pains.
6. Thinking of harming yourself or others.
Ways to develop Positive Mental Health :
1. Getting physically active.
2. Getting proper sleep, improving your sleep schedules.
3. Having a proper nutritious diet.
4. Working productively.
5. Getting professional help if needed.
Types of Mental Health Distractions in Teenagers :
• SOCIAL MEDIA - You maybe using social media when you're bored or to distract yourself from unpleasant feelings or to improve your mood. Using social media affects how you see and feel about yourself. Studies have suggested that It's use is linked to increase in mental health problems including anxiety and depression.
How to reduce usage of social media ?
1. Limit how much you use social media in a day - try setting app timers. Prevent using phone during meals. While doing work try putting your phone on DND ( do not disturb). It has helped me alot in limiting it's use you should give it a try too.
2. Have "Detox" periods - schedule regular multi day breaks from social media. Try deactivating your social media accounts for a week and you'll see the difference.
3. Approach social media mindfully - try focusing on the posive side of social media. Try using twitter to know about daily news updates. Every time while checking your phone for social media try asking yourself Why am I doing this ? Decide if that's what you want your life to be about.
• TEXTING - sure, texting your friends is nice, sharing memes is fun. But everthing done excessively is always bad. Discussing your day to day life routine with your friends or loved ones is no doubt helping you to be in touch with people and feel surrounded. But wasting your time on useless topics for hours will not only affect your health physically but also mentally. You'll choose to text rather than focusing on studying for your exams or making your day productive. Try limiting your texting amd concentrating more on what you need to do in your life, try addressing your goals and start working for them.
• BINGE-WATCHING - there's no harm in distracting yourself ocationally. Holing up for a weekend to ram through some nice Netflix content. But if you're wasting every weekend, every evening binge-watching you minght find yourself floundering physically, emotionally and socially. Spending too long in such activities will spike your cortisol which increases stress. The result? Fuzzy thinking and trouble concentrating.
Try Doing a ten minutes reset :
1. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
2. Put down a yoga mat or blanket.
3. Listen to soothing music or nothing at all.
4. Give yourself 10 minutes of undivided attention with no expectations.
5. Finish your day with more energy, patience and grace.
we turn to easy comforts, like video games, television, food or social media, so we can avoid feeling sad or anxious. You might feel better, but the problem still remains. In order to overcome depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues we need to acknowledge their existence. And yes, that means putting down the phone. If you feel like you’re using distractions to avoid serious issues, talk to a mental health professional, who can help you get to the root cause.
Your mental health is more important than your career, money, and other people's opinions, that event you said would attend, your partner's mood, your family's wishes, combined.
If taking care of yourself means letting someone down then let someone down!.