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Mental wealth: managing your mental health budget

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Mental wealth: managing your mental health budget
We have a limited mental health budget. For some people, daily aggressions make this budget much smaller. If we want to be able to enact change and contribute positively, we need to manage that mental wealth carefully.

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Your mental health is like a wallet

Your mental health is like a wallet

This metaphor means seeing your mental health as a wallet: money comes in, money comes out. How much money is in there is how many adverse events you can go through while sustaining your mental health.

We usually only worry about our mental health during distressing events, and don't take into consideration the many daily events that empty our mental health wallet, often without us realizing it.

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Events that empty our mental health wallet

  • The ways people are using social media has more of an impact on their mental health than just the frequency and duration of their use.
  • Microaggressions and discrimination.
  • Urban life: urbanites are 21% more likely to have anxiety disorders and 39% more likely to have mood disorders.
  • Financial worries have been linked to mental health issues among university students, and about half of people in problem debt.
  • Lack of sleep, a poor diet and alcohol consumption.

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Investing in mental health

  • Journaling has many science-based benefits. It can be used to reduce your anxiety or process traumatic events.
  • Exercise is powerful medicine. Whenever you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, try to go for a short run to clear your head.
  • Talking it out. Not expressing your feelings will not help you process them. And talking about your emotions is not about receiving advice. Instead, it’s about having someone to share what you are going through.

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How to be a mental health ally

  • Educate yourself. Read about mental health, common adverse events impacting people’s mental health, and the different realities faced by different populations when it comes to mental health.
  • Listen without judgement. Validate the person’s experience. Do not jump to giving advice. Offer them a space to share.
  • Be mindful of your language. Avoid vocabulary such as “crazy” or “insane” which may dehumanise the person you are trying to help.

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