3 reasons to prioritize your mental health

by | Feb 20, 2024 | Health and Wellness

Everyone can experience challenges with their mental health at one time or another. Prioritizing your own mental health and well-being can bring many benefits. Here are a few to consider:

  1. Build resilience
    By supporting your mental health even when times are good – through activities like volunteering in your community, learning something new and being active – you can build up your coping skills for life’s challenges. You’ll be better prepared to balance obligations and expectations, and it can help you develop the ability to assess tough situations realistically and recognize the best course of action for you at that moment.
  2. Deepen relationships
    Building a supportive community is an important way to improve mental health, and it has other benefits as well. Making meaningful connections with those around you can help you find a sense of belonging and purpose, while also helping you feel supported and accepted for who you are.
  3. Ward off illness
    Plenty of research shows physical health and mental health are closely linked. Of course, physical activity is a known stress reliever and mood booster. But long-term or recurring mental stress can also lead to uncomfortable physical issues, such as ongoing digestive problems, aches and pains and high blood-pressure. So, taking steps to improve your ability to handle stressful situations can go a long way towards keeping your body healthy as well as your mind.

Where to find help
If you could use support, there are free resources to help you take care of your mental well-being. These include resources in your province or territory, Kids Help Phone and, for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, the Hope for Wellness Helpline, among others.

Learn more about resources and supports that can help you prioritize your mental health at canada.ca/mental-health

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, call or text 9-8-8. Canada’s Suicide Crisis Helpline provides free, culturally appropriate support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and French.

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