Many people equate the terms "mental health" and "mental illness," assuming both imply the need for psychological treatment. But mental health refers to a broader perspective of an individual's emotional well-being and is something we should all look out for.

"Mental health is an ongoing process determining how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices, and is important at every stage of life," said Joyce Bloom, a practicing psychotherapist in Massachusetts.

A healthy lifestyle includes a network of routines, relationships and strategies to enhance your ability to thrive and cultivate a positive outlook.

Consider therapy as a lifestyle enhancement

In most cases, people seek therapy when they experience a crisis or symptoms of a mental illness. There are many different therapy modalities within the field of psychology. Some variables include whether or not medication is prescribed and whether it's a short- or long-term commitment.