Making The Connection
I read the OneBreath blog monthly and follow OneBreath on Facebook for health updates and tips. One of the things I enjoy about the blog is that it treats personal health as a broad concept.
After all, we know that the concept of being “healthy” means more than just getting to the gym or making the right food choices, or getting your yearly checkup. We know that to be healthy, we have to care about our mental health also. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes 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.” http://www.who.int/topics/mental_health/en/. The WHO has further stated that good mental health is an “integral and essential” part of a person’s overall health. Of course, achieving good mental health is not easy in today’s stressful world. But, many people overlook or neglect one key way of bolstering their mental health: having a strong social network. This means making and maintaining real connections with loved ones and friends, and not just online!
Coincidentally, Mother’s Day is just around the corner. While it is hard in the busy day-to-day to take as much time as we’d like to connect with our families, maintaining those connections is essential for good mental health. Mother’s Day provides a great excuse to reconnect or strengthen those connections we already have. So, skip the card, and pick up the phone, or better yet, visit. Sometimes a smile is the best connection of all.
Rachel Kent is an attorney living and working in San Francisco. She has a particular interest in health care and related law issues. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and hiking in and around the bay area.