Behavioral health refers to an individual’s emotional well-being and their resiliency to adapt to the demands of life. It also generally refers to issues related to developmental expectations, life stressors, mental illness, and substance use.
The behavioral health field is an interdisciplinary area of health focused on prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders.
In Baltimore, one in five adults has a mental illness and one in 10 has a substance use disorder. Many in Baltimore who are living with a mental illness or substance use disorder do not have access to the treatment and support services they need to recover and lead productive, healthy lives.
Take Care of Your Emotional Health
Taking care of your emotional health is as important as taking care of your physical health. There are everyday things you can do to manage your stress and increase awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Spend time with supportive and caring people
Reach out and make new friends or connect with someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Setting boundaries in relationships is also key to ensuring they are caring and mutually respectful.
Keep expectations manageable
Try to set realistic goals and timeframes. Organize time, make a list and prioritize important activities.
Minimize use of alcohol and drugs
Alcohol and/or drugs can be a stress reliever for some. If they interfere with your day-to-day activities, seek help.
Eat healthy and drink water
Consume a variety of fruits and vegetables to help your body and brain get the nutrients they need to function. A colorful plate is a healthy plate. Drink water to help to flush out toxins, maintain a healthy weight, improve digestion and more.
Get enough sleep
When you’re tired you do not function at your best. Sleep helps you think clearly, stay focused, and have good reflexes.
Take care of any chronic illness
Create a care plan with your doctor. This can help you feel empowered. Talk to you your doctor and educate yourself on your chronic illness so you can advocate for yourself.
Do something for someone else
Try volunteering some of your time to help others or reach out to a friend in need of support.
Save time for yourself
Recharge your batteries by exercising or setting aside quiet time to practice mindfulness, yoga, or meditation.