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Understanding good mental health

Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems. Mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships.

Good mental health means you’re able to cope with daily stressors and accomplish personal goals.  Many things, such as trauma, stress and sleep problems, can affect your mental health. You may not be able to prevent a mental health condition, but you can take steps to protect and support your mental health throughout your life.

The relationship between resilience and mental health

Having solid mental health doesn’t mean that you never go through bad times or experience emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. And while these are normal parts of life, they can still cause sadness, anxiety and stress. Just as physically healthy people are better able to bounce back from illness or injury, people with strong mental health are better able to bounce back from adversity, trauma and stress. This ability is called resilience.

People who are emotionally and mentally resilient have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook. They remain focused, flexible, and productive, in bad times as well as good. Their resilience also makes them less afraid of new experiences or an uncertain future. Even when they don’t immediately know how a problem will get resolved, they are hopeful that a solution will eventually be found.

15 tips on how to boost your mental health

  • Find ways to handle stress
  • Eat healthy food and drink healthy drinks
  • Make sure you get enough sleep
  • Get active and stay active
  • Learn how to relax and switch off
  • Connect with friends and family, online and offline
  • Learn new things every day
  • Help others whenever you can
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Be mindful and take notice of what is happening around you
  • Set goals for yourself and embrace your wishes and dreams
  • Challenge any negative thoughts
  • Learn how to smile more!
  • Have fun and laugh
  • Ask for help if you have a problem

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Dr Desere Ferreira