Mental wellness, just like physical wellness, is a critical part of our well-being. The World Health Organization defines mental wellness 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.” Similarly, a widely-used three-part model looks at mental well-being through the lenses of emotional well-being, social well-being, and psychological well-being. Studies show that having strong mental wellness can extend beyond simply feeling better. Good mental health can aid in recovery from physical illness, ease aches and pains, and even impact heart health and boost the immune system.
Despite its importance, mental wellness is a relatively recent concept in relation to overall health. In fact, the focused study of mental health only dates back to 1946. However, we now know that addressing and developing mental health is quite similar to how we view our physical health; it requires time, practice, and exercise. Exercises that workout our minds include 4 things:
The message is clear: mental wellness is just as important as physical health. Good mental health can have a positive impact not only on a person’s life, but on the lives of those around them. It’s crucial to overall health to not only be cognizant of your mental wellness, but also to take steps to exercise those muscles and build our mental strength.
Posted on January 6 2020 in Blog