Positive Mental Health

I was doing my normal volunteering last night, and we came across the topic: Positive Mental Health. The ideas of what positive mental health is was very interesting to hear.

So, what is positive mental health? I define it as being able to maintain and form good relationships with others, to be able to cope and manage with change and to be able to express both negative and positive emotions in a positing coping mechanism. 

Whilst having a mental illness could make it more difficult to uphold positive mental health, it is possible and no where near impossible to do. 

There’s steps you can take in helping yourself to have a positive mental health:

  • Talking about your feelings - talking about your feelings can make you feel able to cope with them. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well-being and doing what you can to stay healthy, it shows you’re wanting to keep healthy mentally.
  • Keeping active – experts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better.
  • Eating well – eat at least 3 meals each day and drink plenty of water. Try to limit how many high-caffeine or sugary drinks you have, and avoid too much alcohol.
  • Drinking sensibly – while many drink to try and ‘forget’ how they’re feeling, it can also leave others feeling more depressed. Also, you’d be finding yourself becoming dependent on alcohol, and increasing the amount you drink in order to get the short-term feeling of ‘freeness’. There are healthier ways of coping with tough times.
  • Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones – there’s nothing better than catching up with someone face-to-face. But that’s not always possible. Give them a call, drop them a note or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open. It’s good for you!
  • Asking for help when you need it – we all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. This is a big step in taking care of YOU, it’s a positive mechanism which will make you feel better within yourself.
  • Taking a break – a change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.
  • Accepting who YOU are – we’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else.Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence and good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.
  • Doing something you enjoy – enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem. Concentrating on a hobby like football, netball, swimming or even something more relaxing like gardening or crosswords.
  • Caring for others - helping out can make us feel needed and valued and that boosts our self-esteem. It also helps us see the world from another angle. That can help to put our own problems in perspective.

There’s lots of steps you can take, but don’t be scared to start. YOU can have a positive mental health, and there’s ways to get support when you feel you need it. Every small step you take, is a bigger step into a more fulfilled life.

What have you done today that’s made you feel happy? Proud of yourself? Or even gave you a smile? 

I donated some money to a local charity in my town and joined our football team. That’s a few steps for me. 

Why not do something for you? Do something you enjoy, go out and meet a few friends, have a chat and talk about a interesting topic.

Every time you do this you’re making yourself more healthier mentally. Remember, there’s a lot of people who suffer from mental illnesses, so you’re not alone through this.

Good luck!

 
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