I’m often asked if only people with diagnosed mental illnesses should attend mental health treatment. The short answer is no.
Let me give you an example. There are many people with different levels of endurance and strength who attend the gym or employ a physical trainer. Someone to help them stay fit, someone to help them lose weight, someone to help them improve on a particular part of their physique.
Some people may go on to develop more of a toned body structure while others may go on to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Your mental health is similar to your physical health and should never be neglected. An acute episode of depression and/or anxiety may be a cause for concern. Difficulty adjusting after let’s a bereavement or loss, may also be a cause for concern.
Mental fitness is about having a stable and balanced display of emotions, thoughts and feelings when every area of life is functioning normally. It is about avoiding stress when there is no need for distress and being your best self. Mental fitness is also about keeping your brain and therefore your mental being, in tip top condition. That’s the importance of your mental health.