Mental Wellness Month 2015
January is National Mental Wellness Month, which is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
The wellness movement teaches people to take care of their health before developing an illness by eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. The same approach is valuable for mental wellnesss and a proactive approach is crucial to warding off a negative mental state.
Emotional and cognitive well-being
Many aspects of day-to-day life can have a negative impact on emotional and cognitive well-being, including relationships, financial issues, work, school, excessive stress, or even substance abuse. Physical limitations and chronic illness can also make a person susceptible. Fortunately, there are easy strategies that can be adopted to improve your mental well-being:
Attitude: Positive attitudes create happier, more successful, mindsets, making it easier to handle crisis and stress. Positive thoughts and attitudes deliver a better perspective on circumstance and life events. Be thankful for what is good in life, and avoid dwelling on negative issues.
Self Appreciation: Recognize strengths and weaknesses, avoid speaking negatively about yourself and in general, laugh at your mistakes, and learn from them.
Mental Resilience: View a crisis situation as an opportunity. Learn to creatively problem solve, which will expand your options and assist with correction and recovery.
Affiliation: Developing and maintaining friends and an extended support network is crucial for a state of well-being. People need one another to share and cope.
Exercise: Regular physical exercise increases energy and releases important neurotransmitters in the brain to defend against depression and anxiety. Self-awareness and mental exercises such as yoga and meditation can also reduce stress and improve mental health.
Diet Improvement: During times of stress people often skip meals, overeat, and/or eat bad foods. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables and fiber will help you maintain the physical and mental stress you need to deal with the situation.
Rest: Adequate sleep is needed to improve physical health and cognitive function to help you cope with stress. Be good to yourself, physically and mentally for improved health!