January is Mental Wellness Month, and it is a time to recognize the importance of improving mental health and the role that mental health plays in life. In the article below, we discuss common sources of mental health issues. We then cover the many ways to treat mental illness, including the six keys to mental health. We also cover available treatment programs from behavioral health professionals and how to access professional care.
Sources of mental health issues
It can be hard to identify a single source of a mental health issue. In many cases, poor mental health is often the result of multiple factors. These factors include stress at work, family issues, and limited social interaction. Other contributing factors can come from daily habits. These daily habits may include diet, sleep schedules, and exercise regimens. Also, mental health issues may be due to genes and other biological reasons.
Using the 6 keys to mental health
While it may be difficult to identify the source of a mental health issue, it is possible to improve mental health. Common methods of improving mental health have to do with forming better habits and changing focus. Common themes for improving personal mental wellness include the following six keys to mental health:
- Social connection. While meeting face-to-face may be difficult with pandemic-related social distancing measures, it is possible to connect with friends and family via video chat.
- Staying active. Exercise causes the body to release endorphins, which are hormones that result in a positive mental outlook. Most health professionals recommend at least 30 minutes of exercise per day.
- Managing stress. To manage stress, focus on prioritizing leisure time and taking time to recharge. You can also try daily meditation.
- Brain-healthy diet. Focus on eating foods that have low sugar and enough healthy fats. Also, it is important to limit caffeine and alcohol consumption.
- Quality sleep. Improve sleep quality by not looking at screens for two hours before bed, going to bed at the same time each night, and sleeping in a cool and quiet environment.
- Meaning and purpose. Often, mental health conditions result from feeling a lack of meaning and purpose in life. Engaging in volunteer work and providing care to others can help provide a sense of importance each day.
You do not have to act on each of the above six keys to mental health at once. Instead, set a goal to focus on one of the above areas. Be sure to work on that area each day. Improving mental health often depends on working towards mental wellness consistently.
Achieving mental wellness is different for everyone
It is important to note that achieving mental wellness is different for everyone. There is a wide range of mental health problems, and mental health conditions can cause symptoms to varying extents. No two cases of mental illness are the same. Likewise, mental health conditions require different treatment methods. There is no single way to treat all mental illnesses.
Accordingly, it is important to customize treatment programs to the unique mental health needs of each case. These strategies must be compatible with the patient’s lifestyle and resources. Additionally, setting relevant and realistic goals can help ensure long-term mental wellness.
Available treatment for mental health issues
If you struggle with your mental health, you need to know that treatment is available. You do not have to deal with mental health issues forever, and mental health professionals can help. At Santa Rosa Hospital, we understand that every patient is different, and we customize each treatment program to the patient's individual needs. Common mental health issues that we treat include:
- Bipolar disorder.
- Substance abuse.
- Chemical dependency.
We also treat patients who suffer from co-occurring substance abuse and mental health conditions. These patients suffer from a dual-diagnosis, and we understand how to address the unique needs of dual-diagnosis patients.
Our treatment options at Santa Rosa Hospital include adult inpatient programs and adolescent inpatient programs. We also offer outpatient treatment services, including partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs.
Getting started at Santa Rosa Hospital
The past several months have been mentally and emotionally taxing. The COVID-19 pandemic has added significant stress to almost everyone’s lives and has disrupted routines significantly. Additionally, some people have suffered impacts to their physical health from COVID-19, and coping with these difficulties can have significant psychological effects.
Our clinical team members have decades of combined experience helping people improve their mental health. Without treatment, mental health conditions typically worsen over time, and people who suffer from poor mental health should seek treatment as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one needs help dealing with mental health conditions, reach out to our team. You can contact us anytime by calling us at (877) 717-0085 or completing our online form. We can help answer any question you may have and schedule you or a loved one for a free mental health assessment.