What is mental health and how does it affect relationships?

Mental health affects all aspects of your life. From your physical health to your emotional health to your relationships, maintaining good mental health is essential to overall wellness. But what is mental health? And how does it play a role in your relationships? Here is an overview of what mental health is and how it can affect all parts of your life.

What is mental health?

Mental health is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “(including) our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” Mental health affects all parts of our life, including:

  • How we think

  • How we feel

  • How we handle stress

  • How we treat others

  • How we act

Why is mental health important?

Maintaining good mental health is important for many reasons. While it’s common to think of the mind and body as separate, mental health can actually affect our physical health. For example, depression has been linked to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, asthma and cancer. Mental health also affects our relationships with others. 

How does mental health affect relationships?

When someone in a relationship is experiencing difficulties with their mental health, it affects each party in the relationship. Here are some ways that mental illness can have an impact on relationships.

  • Communication. We know that mental health affects the way that we think and act. Therefore, mental illness can impact the way that we communicate with our partner, both verbally and non-verbally. 

  • Boundaries. Because mental health impacts communication, it can be more challenging for partners to talk about boundaries when mental illness is present. 

How can you talk about mental health with a partner?

  • Be honest. Being honest and upfront is one of the most straightforward ways to address difficulties with your mental health. Being open about your journey with mental health is one of the best ways to start building a support system and work toward healing. 

  • Seek therapy. Often, couples have no idea how to begin addressing mental health or how mental illness impacts their relationship. Talking with a professional can provide a safe, secure space to start the process of growth and healing. 

You’ve worked too hard to be unhappy

Life is complicated and messy. When it comes to mental health, we believe there’s no one-size-fits all. At Halcyon Therapy Group, we understand just how important you and your unique situation and perspectives are. That’s why we offer a suite of services tailored specifically to you and your needs. You deserve better, and we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation today and start living the life you’ve always dreamed of. 

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