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What is mental hygiene?
Mental hygiene is the practice of trying to maintain mental health through proactive behavior and treatment.
Mental health is “one’s overall psychological well-being.” Hygiene refers to methods for preserving health. (In the popular sense, it refers to things like brushing your teeth and washing your hands.) In this way, mental hygiene is what you do to keep your mind healthy.
Practicing mental hygiene is an ongoing process. Understanding what it is and how to practice it can help improve your quality of life.
Why is mental hygiene important?
Mental hygiene was first recorded in the English language in the 1840s, when it was used in the title of a book by William Sweetser, a medical doctor and professor. In the early 1900s, psychologist Clifford Wittingham Beers started a mental hygiene movement after experiencing mistreatment while at mental institutions for anxiety and depression. He championed improved treatment of people with mental disorders and increased awareness about mental illness—topics that are still relevant today.
You’ve probably practiced mental hygiene without even knowing it. Psychologists recommend strategies like being aware of emotional pain and managing (but not suppressing) negative feelings. Even simple self-care activities can be part of an effective mental hygiene routine: listening to calming or upbeat music, talking about your feelings with friends or family, and keeping your mind busy by doing small tasks. Sometimes mental hygiene is more formal, such as seeking the care of mental health professionals. All of these strategies can help to maintain mental health, which is the goal of mental hygiene.
Importantly, practicing good mental hygiene can help you deal with psychological trauma, like the death of a loved one, a professional failure, or a romantic rejection.
Physical hygiene is part of our daily routine, and many mental health professionals are working to bring awareness to the role of mental hygiene in maintaining and improving mental health and preventing mental illness. The next time you wash your hands or brush your teeth, think about what you can do for your mental hygiene!
Did you know ... ?
The founder of the mental hygiene movement, Clifford Whittingham Beers, wrote an autobiography in 1908 titled A Mind That Found Itself. It dealt frankly with his mental health struggles and called for reform in the field of mental health treatment.
What are real-life examples of mental hygiene?
Mental health professionals will tell you that mental hygiene is crucial for mental health, especially when dealing with emotional pain or trauma.
Mental Hygiene = Daily practices to support your mental well-being. Do you have good Mental Hygiene? What do you do each day to support your mental health?
— ShakkaPanda (@ShakkaPanda) November 27, 2019
Physical hygiene and mental hygiene are both so important right now. Self-care must be a priority. Many of us have plenty of time and resources to invest into practices that help us look after ourselves, so we can better look after others too. Use the opportunity.
— Vex King (@VexKing) March 25, 2020
What other words are related to mental hygiene?
Which of the following is NOT a good mental hygiene strategy?
A. Starting each day with positive thoughts
B. Keeping a bad experience to yourself and never talking about it again
C. Seeing a therapist
D. Talking with friends when you feel sad
Example sentences from the Web for mental hygiene
In the classic skillset of piloting, mental acuity, and its coordination with hand and foot movements, is equally vital.Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Few reports of his mental illness discuss lead poisoning as a possible reason for his mental deterioration.Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’|Rich Goldstein|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They take home mental baggage unlike anything carried in almost every other job.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?|Mike Barnicle|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We all need to take care of our own mental health,” Darden said.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45|Danielle Belton|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He suggested I needed mental help, and offered to help me transfer to another college.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And this college course I have sketched should, in the modern state, pass insensibly into adult mental activities.
It makes out of the savage raw material which is our basal mental stuff, a citizen.
To make the effort of articulation a vital impulse in response to a mental concept,—this is the object sought.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The two enjoyed a mutual understanding from which he was excluded, a private intimacy that was spiritual, mental,— physical.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
He took mental inventory of his possessions and what he could lay claim to, and he happened to think about his wife's homestead.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux