The search for a healthy lifestyle is a current challenge in modern societies, that allows a large individual longevity, based on their quality of life and well-being. In this sense, raising awareness of the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits should combine physical, mental and social health, which are determinants for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and well-being. The biological, psychological and social benefits of a healthy lifestyle are significant in the quality of life and health of the population, constituting themselves as essential pillars in mental health promotion.
In this module you will learn more about what is a mental health, what is the importance of mental health promotion and what are the implications for the health and well-being. In addition, we will explore topics related to emotions, the impact of stress and the role of stress management and self-care, the importance of positive social interactions and physical activity as promoters of mental health and well-being at university.
Human beings are social and constantly interact with their environment. It is common that at work, at home or at university you talk to other people. You should know that you also send a message with your clothes, your appearance or the kind of language you use. The most common consequences of problems with social relationships are mainly social isolation, which can lead to depression, lack of self-esteem, anxiety or phobias in everything that has to do with activities with other people. Social interaction is inherent to the life of the human being, it is in charge of composing man in all his senses and it is from this process of socialisation that concepts, meanings, symbols, practices, customs, definitions, knowledge, norms and rules arise, which define the behaviour of the human being.
Society is currently witnessing a worrying scenario regarding the prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases. Metabolic changes justify the fact that the risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, mental illnesses (such as depression), or even osteoarticular diseases is increasing and becoming more prevalent. And these changes are often the result of an unhealthy lifestyle, which today is the main cause of morbidity and mortality in developed societies, contributing to a lower quality of life and higher costs in health services. Thus, the purpose of this chapter is precisely to get to know the problem in depth and increase knowledge about the various health-related behaviours.