Happy New Year! The start of the new year is a time for reflection, resolutions, and new beginnings. Let one of your resolutions and new beginnings be to put yourself and your mental wellness first.
With the craziness of life, especially now with the coronavirus pandemic and social unrest, it can be easy to let your mental wellness fall to the wayside. Let Affinity Health Affairs get you back on track. Affinity Health Affairs provides a clear roadmap from darkness and distress into the light of healing and happiness. Take this new year as an opportunity to be so busy loving your life that you have no time for hate, regret, or fear.
So, what exactly is mental wellness?
According to the World Health Organization, mental wellness is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Mental wellness is more than just the absence of mental illness. Being mentally well means that your mind is in order and functioning in your best interest. When you are mentally well, you can think, feel, and act in ways that create a positive impact on your physical, psychological, emotional, and physical well-being.
There are several ways to improve and maintain mental wellness. Some of these things include:
- Valuing yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect. Avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or even broaden your horizons.
- Taking care of your body: Take care of yourself physically. Eat nutritious meals. Drink enough water. Exercise. Get enough sleep.
- Learning how to deal with stress: Develop and practice good coping skills. Smile. Find the humor and joy in life. Find ways to relax.
- Surrounding yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are healthier than those who lack a network of support. Make plans with your family and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people.
- Setting realistic goals: Write down the steps you need to realize your academic, professional, and personal goals. Be realistic and do not over-schedule.
- Avoiding alcohol and drugs: Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs.
The importance of mental wellness is paramount at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence up through adulthood. Mentally well people are optimistic, self-assured, and happy. They are in control of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This wellness allows them to handle challenges and enjoy their lives.
Though it may sound daunting, achieving good mental health and wellness is crucial. Sustaining a state of mental wellness requires time and effort. The more you invest in attaining good mental health and wellness, the stronger you will become.
A significant factor of mental wellness is knowing when to ask for help. Seeking help when you need it is a sign of strength, not a weakness. If you are struggling to prioritize your mental wellness, or need help getting started, reach out for help today.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Schedule here for your complimentary consultation with me.