a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes 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.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. 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.
Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity
“There is no health without mental health”
Factors contribute to mental health problems:
- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
- Family history of mental health problems.
Early warning signs
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Poor diet and junk food
- Overweight and obesity
- Sleep deprivation (sleep debt)
- Circadian rhythms
- Screen time
- Lack of physical activity
- Stress/toxic thoughts
- Insufficient exposure to sunlight
- Poor relationships
- Lack of communication/social interactions
Ways to maintain positive mental health :
- Getting professional help if you need
- Connecting with others
- Staying positive
- Getting physically active
- Helping others
- Getting enough sleep
- Developing coping skills
- Acts as preventive care
- Improves immunity
- Reduces the risk for neuronal degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s depression
- Reduces risk for mood, eating disorder depression
- Improves quality of life, self esteem
- Improves emotional wellbeing
Mental health and physical health have a bidirectional and complex relationship.
- People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions
- People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health.
What is mental wellbeing?
It is more than the absence of mental illness and it is more than feeling happy.
It is the ability to cope with the day-to-day stresses of life, work productively, interact positively with others and realize our own potential.
5 ways to wellbeing:
Getting physically active everyday is great for our bodies and minds. It can improve mental wellbeing and lower rates of depression and anxiety.
Discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
- Go for a walk or run
- Step outside
- Play a game
“DO WHAT YOU CAN, ENJOY WHAT YOU DO, MOVE YOUR MOOD”.
Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing. It is more than just sharing material things with others. Its about cultivating a spirit of generosity and actively supporting others.
- Do something nice for a friend or stranger
- Thank someone
- Volunteer your time
- Join a community group
“YOUR TIME, YOUR WORDS, YOUR PRESENCE”.
Paying more attention to the present moment, to your thoughts and feelings and to the world around, can boost mental wellbeing. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
- Be curious
- Catch sight of the beautiful
- Remark on the unusual
- Notice the changing seasons
- Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friend.
“REMEMBER THE SIMPLE THINGS THAT GIVE YOU JOY”
Building connections with colleagues, friends, and others will support and enrich you every day. It also builds a support network for when times get tough.
- Connect with the people around you
- With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
At home, work, school or in your local community
“TALK AND LISTEN, BE THERE, FEEL CONNECTED”.
Exploring new ideas, seeking out new experiences and sharpening our skills positively stimulates the brain.
- Set yourself a challenge you will enjoy achieving
- Try something new
- Rediscover an old interest
- Sign up for that course
- Take on a different responsibility at work
- Fix a bike
- Learn to play an instrument
- Learn how to cook your favourite food
“EMBRACE NEW EXPERIENCES, SEE OPPORTUNITIES, SURPRISE YOURSELF”.
so take more care of your body not of your things.
Use the slogan for your body:
“SWARI APNE SAMAN DI APP JIMEVAR HAH”
6 best doctors:
- Healthy diet
- Respect for circadian rhythms
- Practice meditation and yoga.