By Preeti (Rajpreet Taneja) Taneja, R.S.W, M.S.W, B.S.W Founder and Lead Therapist, Canadian Therapy Preeti@canadiantherapy.com
These days, many people focus on their physical health. But few give much attention, if any, to their mental health.
What does mental health refer to? According to Preeti Taneja, Founder and Lead Therapist of Canadian Therapy, mental health describes a person’s overall psychological health and well-being. “It has much to do with how you feel about yourself, your ability to manage your emotions, how you deal with challenges, and the relationships you nurture.”
If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, you’re not alone. Mental health issues are common, and most people will experience mental health challenges at some point in their lives.
Taran Ranu, a Registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor with Canadian Therapy, agrees and offers that “While most people will experience mental health challenges at some point, those who pay no attention to their mental health could experience anxiety and depression.”
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), more than 10% of Canadian adults have been told by a doctor or other health professional that they have depression and/or anxiety. And according to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), this number is expected to rise as more Canadians face stressors like financial difficulties, relationship breakdowns, unemployment, divorce, and the death of a loved one.
Both Preeti and Taran recognize that for many, focusing on mental health is a new topic; to that, they are happy to share some tips to help you along:
Nothing keeps our mood elevated like the feeling of being connected – truly connected – to other people. While texting and social media have their place, spend quality face-to-face time with friends and loved ones.
Make R&R a Priority
Are you someone that burns the candle at both ends? Most people are. Good mental health requires enough leisure time to rest and contemplate. If you’re guilty of being “too busy,” start spending more time relaxing.
Have you ever noticed when you eat processed comfort foods, you tend to feel unwell physically and mentally? Sugary foods are bad for our mental health. That’s why it’s so important to eat wholesome, nutritious foods like grass-fed meats and organic fruits and veggies!
Physical activity is as important for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Regular exercise can relieve stress, elevate mood, and even help you get a better night’s sleep.
These are just some ways to ensure your mental health is optimized. You may also want to speak with a licensed mental health therapist who can provide tools and a safe space to work through what’s troubling you.
If you’d like to explore treatment options, please visit our website to book an appointment with a date and time that works for you. Our therapists are happy to discuss how they may help, and all therapists at Canadian Therapy offer online therapy sessions for those who feel more comfortable accessing help from home.