Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person understands his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.

Factors that may Impact your Mental Health 

  • lifestyle and health behaviors 
  • levels of personal and workplace stress
  • Exposure to trauma 

Tips to Improve your mental Health

Speak your truth: People with mental illness don’t talk openly about their struggles. The ‘sickness of silence’ is based on stigma and reflects a learned behavior that began in childhood. 

Unlearn trust issues:People suffering with mental illness often distrust individuals and institutions born out of their lived experience. Trust is a foundational and conditional aspect of all healthy relationships. Any perceived inability to trust results in a lack of confidence, insecurity, or fear, which once established will cause an individual to cover, withdraw, isolate, or sometimes lash out at others.

Honor your emotions: 

Honoring and respecting our emotions leads not only to authenticity and balance but to a sense of inner peace.  

ICON encourages their employers to “create a culture in which mention of depression, anxiety, trauma, and other common illnesses becomes as mentionable as diabetes and migraines.”

Article by: Maria Jose Lemus