Mental Health and Wellbeing.
When we accept responsibility for our mental health, we free ourselves to believe we can take the next step.
What is mental health?
As the World Health Organization states, “There is no health without mental health”.
Our mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental health impacts how we feel, think, act and react. It influences the decisions we make, how we relate to others and how we handle stressful situations. Mental health is the foundation of our sense of well-being from childhood and throughout life.
Many factors may negatively impact your mental health, some of which are:
- Childhood experiences: not having your emotional and physical needs met.
- Domestic violence: experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse.
- Trauma: experiencing or witnessing a traumatic incident.
- Social and economic circumstances: opportunities in education and employment, social surrounding, support network.
- Life experiences: challenging life experiences.
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Everyone’s different, and people experience mental health problems in different ways. However, noticing the following may indicate that you or someone you care about may be struggling with their mental health:
- Fatigue: no energy to do anything.
- Disconnecting: withdrawing emotionally.
- Persistent negative thoughts: inability to stop the cycle of negative thoughts.
- Mood swings: unusual and severe mood swings – out of character.
- Numb: feeling nothing, emotionally shut down.
- Physical discomfort: experiencing aches and pains.
- Addictive behaviours: using drugs, excess drinking.
- Impacts daily life: feeling unable to perform daily tasks.
- Self-harm: thinking or acting upon harming yourself.
- Anger: experiencing and finding it difficult to control feelings of anger.
- Appetite: eating too much or too little.
- Sleep: struggling to sleep or sleeping too much.
- Low self-esteem: feelings of self-hate and worthlessness.
Our well being is how we feel emotionally, psychologically and physically.
There are ways that you can help yourselves. By taking a proactive approach, you can positively influence your well-being.
Living with a sense that you are not controlling your life can negatively influence how you feel. However, starting to take positive steps to help yourself can feel empowering. Whilst the following suggestions don’t take away the genuine challenges you may be experiencing, they can help offer you a level of resilience to support you when you are struggling with everyday life.
There are proven changes in behaviour that can positively impact your well-being, such as:
- Sleep: quality of sleep is crucial to both mental and physical health. Research shows that sleep impacts all areas of life and that taking positive steps to improve your sleep quality is very important for your all-around health.
- Nutrition: taking steps to eat a healthy diet benefits you physically and positively influences how you feel.
- Breath: the way you breathe can influence the way you feel. Specific patterns of breath can help calm you physically, mentally and emotionally and other breathing patterns can energise you.
- Exercise: finding a form of exercise that you enjoy can bring significant benefits to all-round health.
- Talking Therapy: having the time and space to talk about how you are feeling can positively impact your emotional well-being and help you work through issues that have become a barrier to your happiness.