Although some stress is actually good for us, (like the stress often associated with marriage, a job promotion, arrival of a new baby, etc.), chronic stress is a serious condition that can exasperate or lead to mental, emotional and/or health related complications. A common definition of stress is "a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize."
Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Self-care is really about maintaining one’s personal health with the intention of making improvements where needed and taking necessary actions to help treat or prevent disease. Self-care also means choosing behaviors that balance the effects of emotional and physical stress such as exercising, eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, practicing meditation or relaxation techniques, avoiding health hazards such as substance abuse, pursuing creative outlets, and maintaining a healthy support network.