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Mental Health: Who Am I? Essay

1029 words - 5 pages

When someone mentions the word “health,” the first thing that generally comes to mind is physical health. Good physical health is part of the foundation of being a happy person and living an enjoyable life. Typically for teenagers, eating healthy and getting enough sleep are weaknesses and I am one of those people with those weaknesses. Exercise is also sometimes a weakness, but I find that exercise is very fun if you do something you enjoy. For example, I take dance lessons which are two hours a day, five days a week. By doing this, I easily get necessary exercise while also enjoying it.

I believe that at this stage in life, mental health is reaching the peak of development. As we go through life, we constantly change our state of mental health, but I believe that adolescents are at a point where they form who they are and who they will be as an adult. We try to learn to filter the person who other people think we are in order to truly discover what type of person we are. A strength of mine is that I am generally a responsible person and know how to make good decisions, which I think is mainly from my parents and how I was raised. A weakness that I have is that I don’t like trying new things very often if at all, but this behavior restricts me from learning what my interests are. Once, I was invited to go rafting with some friends and I was quick to reject the invitation and because of this, I will never know if I enjoy rafting or not.

Probably the area I have the most trouble in is emotional health. It’s an area I believe is the most intense apart from spiritual health. You have to stop and analyze how you feel and how your feelings have been affected by other people’s feelings. It’s something that is sometimes difficult to come to terms with. Even though I have very few strengths in this area, the one that I do have is very reinforced. This strength is that I respect myself. I know my absolute limits and I won’t let others push me to places that I am uncomfortable in. I try not to harm or insult myself and try to understand the aspects of who I am as a person. My emotional weaknesses would be that I don’t like to express my feelings and I don’t like dealing with negative emotions. I tend to push everything away and keep emotions bottled up inside me. I don’t like finding the source of the negative emotions in order to try to stop them. I realize that this is not a healthy habit however, I think learning to express emotions in a positive way is going to be a development for me over a long period of time.

To me, spiritual health is something I find very personal. Not many people understand it completely, including me. I think you must be healthy in all other areas of health in...

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