What is Mental Wellbeing?
Mental health is not just the absence of mental disorder. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Mind's booklet on 'How to improve mental wellbeing' says good mental health is about your behaviour - what you do.
Good mental health is when:
- You care about yourself and you care for yourself.
- You look after your physical health – eat well, sleep well, exercise and enjoy yourself.
- You see yourself as being a valuable person in your own right.
- You judge yourself on reasonable standards. You don't set yourself impossible goals, such as 'I have to be perfect in everything I do', and then punish yourself when you don't reach those goals.
Our mental wellbeing is dynamic and it can change from moment to moment or day to day.
If you have good mental wellbeing you are able to:
- feel relatively confident in yourself
- feel and express a range of emotions
- build and maintain good relationships with others
- feel engaged with the world around you
- live and work productively
- cope with the stress of daily life
- adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty
We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope.
Common life events that can affect your mental wellbeing include:
- loss or bereavement
- relationship problems
- issues at work
- worry about money
Other times there is no clear reason for why we feel the way we do - which can be frustrating.
No matter the reason, it can be helpful to remember that you deserve to feel good and there are steps you can take to improve and maintain your mental wellbeing!
If you are concerned or afraid and anything relating to your mental health is affecting your normal daily life or causing you distress, you should consider seeking further professional support.