Your mental health is important. Some mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, are common. However, there’s more to good mental health than avoiding or treating mental illness. There is also positive mental wellbeing.

5-steps

Why is mental wellbeing important? First, we all want to feel good about ourselves and the world around us, and be able to get the most from our lives. There is also evidence that good mental wellbeing is important for our physical health, and that it can help us achieve the goals we set for ourselves. Mental wellbeing can take many different forms, but a useful description is feeling good and functioning well. The message is clear: it’s time to rethink wellbeing.

Wellbeing in your life

The first thing you can do for your own wellbeing is become curious about it; start to think about what you’ve done in the past to promote mental wellbeing, and whether it worked. Then think about new things that you can try. Remember, no-one can give wellbeing to you. It’s you who has to take action.

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.  If you approach them with an open mind and try them out, you can judge the results yourself.

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word
  • Take notice – be more aware of the present moment, including your feelings and thoughts, your body and the world around you.

References

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/improve-mental-wellbeing.aspx