8 Habits for Good Mental Health

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Just as we take care of our physical health, it is very important to maintain good mental health to avoid affecting the quality of life and work or school performance.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are around 450 million individuals in the world suffering from some type of mental disorder.

The Federal Ministry of Health estimates that of the 15 million people who suffer from a mental disorder in Mexico, the majority are young adults of productive age.

Mental health is not only the absence of mental disorders, it is defined as a state of well-being in which the individual is aware of their own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, works productively and fruitfully, and is capable to make a contribution to your community.

How to maintain good mental health?

  1. You should try to have good eating habits
  2. Get regular exercise to stay physically and mentally fit
  3. Maintain good interpersonal relationships, practice tolerance, solidarity and respect.
  4. Avoid tobacco and alcohol consumption
  5. Sleeping at least 8 hours a day, a good daily rest makes a difference.
  6. Carry out social, recreational, cultural and sports activities
  7. Encourage the habit of reading: reading enriches attention span and increases memory, increases motivation and reduces stress
  8. Staying busy in productive and positive activities, spending time with family, and helping with household chores.

How is a mental disorder diagnosed?

Mental health and mental disorders are not two opposing concepts, they are detected and diagnosed by clinical methods just like any other disease. The observation of the behavior of a person in their daily life, the management of their emotions, how they face their own tensions, their relationships with others, the behavior they have in difficult or traumatic situations allow to establish the characteristics about their state of health mental.

The most common diagnoses among the population are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Autism
  • Eating disorder


Mental disorders are caused by multiple factors that affect the population without distinction of race, gender or age, these are usually linked to genetic, psychological, neurological, environmental or social factors, among others, for which their treatment requires a team multidisciplinary (doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists), whose purpose is to improve the quality of life of the person.

What to do or where to go?

In case of presenting some of the manifestations, you can go to the nearest health center or dial:

  • Life Line: 800 911 2000
  • Citizen Council Line at 55 55 33 55 33
  • Iztapalapa Community Mental Health Center, Monday through Friday from 07:00 to 15:30. Telephone, Ext. 50118 and 50109.

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