What is mental health?
Mental health is our emotional, mental and social well-being. People with good mental health feel good about themselves.
Traits of People with Good Mental Health
Positive self-image. They say positive things about themselves. They believe they can do the things they need to do.
Participate in outside activities. They are active in things that renew their bodies and spirits.
Able to deal with stress. They can identify problems and find ways to solve them.
Positive, fulfilling relations with others. They can share feelings and ideas, hopes and dreams.
Self-Direction. They make decisions, plan their education, excel at work, and enjoy hobbies. They follow through and do the things they want and need to do.
Accurate self-perception. Their feelings match their behavior. What they believe about themselves is a true picture of who they are.
What You Can Do for Your Mental Health
Believe in yourself.
List what you do well.
Remind yourself you are important.
Accept helpful criticism but ignore insults to your character.
Set goals. Break them down into small parts so you can reach slowly.
Stop negative self-talk. Tell yourself positive things.
List what you may like to do.
Take up a hobby.
Exercise three times a week for 20 minutes. Do something you enjoy.
Develop your spiritual self through church or non-church related activities.
Practice mindfulness meditation. Find a relaxed, quiet spot and focus on your breathing.
Keep a gratitude journal. Each night write down 4 or 5 things that you are grateful for.
Think of tense situations as tests. You can use your positive attitude and problem-solving abilities.
Take yourself less seriously.
Join groups where you can be yourself.
Join groups that help you grow as a person.
Read books about good ways to connect. Practice what you learn with friends.
Work on your relationships with people close to you.
Learn to care for a pet if being close to people is hard right now.
Be proud of your work.
Make your own decisions.
Identify your needs. Make a list and work to meet those needs.
Listen to advice from people you respect.
Be honest in your relations with others.
Remember, you can be your own best friend. Seek professional help if you feel down and need help in making your life better. You are important. It is vital that you care for you.