We talk a lot in this space about balance and mental health and how this is something we should value, protect and work to bolster.
But how do you know you have good mental health?
When you have good mental health you generally experience positive emotions throughout your day – happiness, contentment, optimism, gratitude and so on. We all have periods where we get down, or feel frustrated – but if you have good mental health, you have the resilience to bounce back from these moments by reinforcing the good things or by trusting in your capacity to solve problems. People with positive mental health are resilient and have strong self-belief. They have that quiet confidence you observe in so many happy people.
You are likely to feel very connected – to your family, to your friends to the broader community. You feel confident when you meet new people – you like making new connections. You feel supported and a part of something greater. You might even experience spiritual feelings – and religion or a sense of purpose may be a strong part of your life.
People with good mental health make plans for the future – they set goals and believe they can get there. When something unexpected happens they might be taken aback – but they get on with the business of achieving their goals as soon as possible.
Want something simpler? According to the World Health Organisation, good mental health is when you can:
What a wonderful way to feel about the world, and as teachers and parents, the way we would hope all young people would feel.
But mental health is not an absolute – it can ebb and flow and be impacted by different things. Is there anything on this list you would like to work on? Like all skills and personality traits, it is something you can build and work on.
You could try to forge more positive connections, and give yourself some positive self-talk to encourage more self-belief. You could practice brainstorming problem solving strategies to show yourself just how capable you are. You could set goals with short term outcomes to keep yourself on track. You might even act for the benefit of others… something that makes both you and them feel good.
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