The World Health Organisation defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. A lot of times, mental well-being can be overlooked.
Mental health means a state of well-being where the individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with stress and word productively able to make contribution to the community. In other words, mental health means balanced thinking, healthy emotions, coping with stress and managing challenges well.
A lot of misconception in Nigeria is that mental health issues arise when people are mad and roaming the streets as destitute. In reality, mental health challenge is a spectrum which can range from mood disorders to psychosis.
Anyone can be affected by mental illness which is a response to pressure in the society and social problems. For instance, people with chronic health problems (stroke, spinal cord injury, fibromyalgia) and their relatives can have mental health challenges and may not be aware because of lack of information about it.
Responses to mental health issues can be depression, eating disorders and drug abuse.
TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Helping an individual to manage this/her mental health challenge should involve different specialists bringing their level of expertise. A physiotherapist is a healthcare professional who is an expert at prescribing exercises which can help with mental health challenges.
A physiotherapist considers you as an individual and works out an arrangement that is suitable for you as an individual. An exercise plan can vary from simple stretches in the beginning to moderate or high intensity aerobic exercise depending on the need of the individual.
Some of the benefits of exercise on mental health are:
· Increased body-awareness
· Increase self-esteem
· Release of endorphins which is the feel-good hormone
· Prevent and reduce the occurrence of cognitive decline
· Sharpen brain memory
· Help control addiction
· Increase relaxation
Do you feel tired and anxious most of the time? Are you struggling with a lot of negative thoughts and you find it difficult to break yourself out of that chain? Are you abusing any drugs-taking stim
ulants in excess and need help to stop? Are you in chronic pain and it starting to affect the way you feel? always criticizing yourself? Do you feel overwhelmed? Why not give us a call and speak to us about it? At PhysioCraft, we are here to help people live their lives to the fullest. Our numbers are +2348035670888 or +2348171940921 or +238179249555.