Emotional health matters
Just as we all have physical health, we all have mental health too. Mental health refers to our psychological or emotional health and wellbeing.
It is about how we think, how we feel, how we behave, how life affects us and how we cope with it, how we engage with others, and the choices we make.
Daily life offers a continuous series of ups and downs. Like ocean waves, our days come with highs and lows.
An emotionally healthy individual will be able to ride the waves of feelings without getting stalled or creamed by a big, emotionally disruptive wave.
Having good emotional health affects our capacity to manage, communicate, and form and sustain relationships. It also gives us resilience to cope with change and major life events such as the birth of a new baby, bereavement, job loss or divorce.
There is significant evidence that good emotional health and wellbeing also contributes to good physical health. Some studies have shown that ailments like cardiovascular disease and immune system repression can be linked to emotional distress.
Taking care of yourself
An important part of keeping fit and healthy is to take care of your own mental health. There are plenty of things you can do to help make sure you keep yourself mentally healthy.
Sleep is really important for our physical and mental health. Sleep helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain that are important in managing our moods and emotions.
Eating well isn’t just important for our bodies, but it’s also important for our minds. Certain mineral deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin B12 deficiencies, can give us a low mood.
Chinese herbal medicine has a long history and there exists an entire category of herbs dedicated to calming the mind in cases of anxiety, panic, and irritability.
Herbs like oyster shell, pearl, and other dense minerals serve well as natural sedatives without any of the side effects typical of pharmaceutical tranquilisers, while CBD, Valerian and chamomile are also common herbs used for anxiety.
Are you struggling right now?
If you need help during a mental health crisis or emergency, NHS urgent mental health helplines provide:
- 24-hour advice and support – for you, your child, your parent or someone you care for
- help to speak to a mental health professional
- an assessment to help decide on the best course of care
Find a local NHS urgent mental health helpline
You can also find support from:
0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Young suicide prevention society
Phone: 0800 068 4141
Phone: 116 123