Monkey Mind Guide to Therapy
Mental health can be defined as emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Our mental health impacts the way we think, feel, and act, and shapes the way we perceive the world around us, manage stress, and make decisions.
There are numerous elements that can impact our mental health including social relationships, biological factors, access to basic necessities, physical health, genetics, life experiences, and demographic factors among others (Lanese, 2019).
Mental health is important for a variety of reasons, the first being the impact mental health has on physical health. Studies show that a decline in mental health can lead to deterioration in physical health. This can be seen in instances of individuals with chronic anxiety and depression who often have increased instances of high blood pressure, cardiac disease, and decreased immunity which makes the body more susceptible to illness (Lim, 2019).