Mental Health: Part of a Balanced Lifestyle 1
Posted: 08/01/2014 5:23 pm EDT Updated: 08/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT
We’ve heard the importance of healthy and intimate relationships; of the benefits afforded to processing and exploring recent events and stress.
But really, who has time to do this?!?
Too often, we have competing interests in our day-to-day lives. With pressures coming from employment, peers, family, household chores and more, our daily tasks often become hasty, triaged decisions based in reaction rather than prevention.
Collectively, the USA ranks 33rd out of 36 nations when it comes to “time devoted to personal care and leisure,” an outcome which contributes to poor physical and mental health.
Furthermore, our society reinforces a minimized view of such therapeutic activities and encourages other means of support instead. What can we do?
Stress exists in all of our lives. It is not a question of if we will experience stress, but rather how we will deal with it.
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW
Men’s Life Skills Center
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