April 10, 2021 / Dr. Sasha Waring, Senior Behavioral Health Medical Director, Molina Healthcare of Washington
Elevating Mental Health and Wellness
By Dr. Sasha Waring, Senior Behavioral Health Medical Director, Molina Healthcare of Washington
Mental health is an inclusive term for our emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being. It dictates how we think, feel, and act, respond to stress, relate to others, and make choices in our lives.
Good mental health empowers people to manage everyday pressures and contribute productively to their families and communities. If you’re not mentally healthy, these tasks become challenging. It may even lead to more serious mental health struggles, like:
Issues with mental health are more common among those with low incomes—who are up to three times as likely to experience depression and anxiety than those with more wealth. Unemployment and homelessness compound the problem. The pandemic has caused record job loss, with low-income communities hit hardest. Since COVID-related lockdowns started, 46% of low-income adults in the US have had trouble paying bills, which means it has been an especially tough time for many of us.
Small changes you can make today
Little adjustments may not solve big problems immediately, but they can help you elevate your mood, bring stability and balance to your life, and allow you to do more of what you need and want to do each day. Try these strategies, which research shows can quickly help:
Remember it’s not all or nothing—even if you achieve a quarter or a half of a goal each day, this is a great start and will still likely help you feel better. Each day presents a new opportunity to take aim at these goals.
If you would like support to improve and stabilize your mental health, Molina covers many behavioral health services. To learn more, visit MolinaHealthcare.com. Additionally, Psych Hub is the world's largest online platform for mental health education and it’s free for Molina members.
Category: Mental Health