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Afshan Iqbal
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Mental health is equally important to physical health. YES, YES YES!!!!! We often hear people say, take care of your body but nobody ever says, take care of your mental health? Nobody considers mental health as a health-related issue. Everyone talks about exercise, jogging, hitting the gym, etc. But they never really talk about their mental health. Mental health includes our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and how we act in our daily lives. There are some reasons why mental health is just as important as physical health. Our mental health can affect our physical health, our mental health can affect our work/education, our mental health can affect our families. Untreated mental illness and its connection with violent crimes and the use of drugs and alcohol, etc. Nurturing mental health doesn’t just let us perform better in our daily functions but can also help us combat some of the physical health problems directly linked to mental health conditions. For example, heart disease and stress are related, so managing stress might have a positive outcome on heart disease. Mental health isn’t just something we can deal with once and then get over. It’s important in every stage of our life. From infancy all the way into adulthood, mental health is something we need to be cognizant of and handle with care.

“Our mental health is something that impacts our eating and sleeping habits and has a lot to do with our physical health as well. It is important to address our mental health needs, or oftentimes we will feel the impact of it in other areas of our health as well.” Bisma Anwar, LMHC

Mental health has remained a taboo in India. Our society never talked about mental health importance and it was always stereotyped but now we know that mental health is as important as physical health and it should be taken into consideration. When you see a person struggling with mental health -help them, when you are struggling with mental health issues, ask for help. Your Mental Health should be a priority.