What terminology have you heard more often than not since the pandemic has occurred? Some of you reading this may have answered self-care, mental health, physical health and etc. All of those are great guesses and spot on because they all have to do with the term behavioral health.
According to Array Behavioral Care, “Behavioral health is the scientific study of the emotions, behaviors and biology relating to a person’s mental well-being, their ability to function in everyday life and their concept of self.” In sum, it contributes to the entire individual as a whole, rather than focusing on one aspect. It is the divine relationship between all three parts of us as individuals, which is the mind, body and spirit/soul.
Think about it this way. Behavioral health = Being healthy. Being whole. Being well.
What are some examples of behavioral health?
- Our day to day activities can impact our behavioral health. Some examples of this that can have a positive effect include, but are not limited too, meditation, exercising, connecting with your Higher Power, dancing around your room, a day at the beach, family time, a weekend getaway and etc. On the other hand, some examples that may not be healthy for your wellness, include but are not limited too, binge drinking, lack of receiving Vitamin D, self-harm inflictions, isolation from loved ones, and etc.
What is the difference between behavioral health and mental health?
- Notice anything in the previous paragraph with examples of this? Your positive examples of behavior will affect your mental well-being which results in being happy, contentment, full of joy, stable, grounded, and more. The difference between the two is that mental health only refers to your mind, but usually dictates your behavioral health daily activities.
What does a behavioral health professional do?
- They will use their education and experience to guide you through your challenges. Some examples of these professionals include, social workers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, etc. These professionals will suggest, guide, direct, and provide clarity for your recovery of being whole.
Remember it is okay to not be okay, however it is not okay to stay there. You have a purpose here on this Earth. Please do not hesitate to reach out. Smile.
Guest Blog Writer & Therapy Connections Intern
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