We are all more or less in good mental health, and this generally varies throughout our lives, especially when it comes to difficult life events, changes, etc. Whether we call this psychological well-being, happiness, satisfaction, positive mentality, all of these terms refer to good mental health.
With our physical health, it is part of our daily conversation to be ambitious. We want to feel physically fit, energetic, strong, balanced in our weight, eat healthy, flexible, resilient, and not sensitive to minor disorders. Of course, we complain about our problems and talk about how we can’t do everything we know we need to do.
We know it is not easy to stay in good physical health without working at it, especially if we have had health problems. We know that even when we reach the peak of fitness, we cannot maintain it for the rest of our lives without paying attention.
Research shows that good mental health is even more beneficial than good physical health. Positive mental prospects increase the rate and speed of recovery from a serious, even fatal, disease. Psychological resilience and well-being allow people to turn problems into challenges into triumphs.
But every time I ask a group of people to tell me what words come to mind about “mental health”, their answers are about poor mental health! It is as if the term had been hacked to become completely problem-oriented.
In the meantime, we are experiencing an epidemic of mental health problems. About 1 in 4 people suffer from some form of common mental health problem, such as depression, anxiety, and various stress-related symptoms.
General practice is overwhelmed by these problems, mental health services can only support 1% of the population suffering from much more serious mental health problems, and there is an abundance of largely unregulated services, treatments, and remedies available on the private market. A recent study found that the majority of long-term absenteeism was due to stress-related conditions.
The problem with focusing on problems and pain is that we become experts at it. We are looking for treatments and treatments to solve the problem, instead of focusing on what makes good mental health. We know that physical health is multidimensional – no one imagines that pumping iron to build muscle is a recipe for overall physical health, although it will certainly make you stronger for certain activities.
So what are the essential elements of good mental health?
The connection is certainly one of the best known. Having positive close relationships is good for our mental health, as is having a larger network of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that will vary over time. Giving to others is another very important aspect of connecting, improving our self-esteem and well-being.
The challenge is to learn and develop, this is how we grow. Each day brings new challenges for children, but as adults, we are often more and more afraid of change, not wishing to acquire new skills or put ourselves in unknown situations.
Thus, expanding our comfort zone, sometimes modestly, when we feel particularly vulnerable, will help develop our confidence and our sense of personal accomplishment.
Self-control means a sense of balance and the ability to distance ourselves from our thoughts and emotions. It means our ability to respond rather than react. This can be described as our sense of spiritual connection, which can come from a certain belief or belief, or perhaps is found through connection with nature. A mentally healthy person will feel an inner strength of the mind and find ways to support it.
Character refers to how we interpret our experiences and reactions. We each have our own stories, or stories, that we may or may not tell others. We can think of ourselves as the hero, the victim, or the villain, but we will generally affect him on our sanity.
A person who has suffered serious trauma in life can have great difficulty in going back in their history completely, which makes them feel literally fragmented. Good mental health means a strong sense of personal values, awareness of our own strengths, skills, and resources, and personal stories about playfulness and creativity in our lives.
These 5 C’s of good mental health provide a framework in which we can think about our mental health the same way we think about our physical health.
It’s damn hard to be a perfect example of physical health, but who should be perfect then?
Just like our physical health, our mental health is and always will be a work in progress.
In the past, many people with physical illnesses were treated cruelly because of ignorance and shame.
I remember that low-voiced cancer was pronounced while the Big C.
Today, poor mental health is the ‘elephant in the room’ we need to research long and hard, exposed to common sense, and to an intelligent discussion.
World Mental Health Day on October 10 promptly reminded us that good mental health is something we can strive for all.