Have you ever thought about how much our Mental Health contributes to our overall healthiness? The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that health is “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity “.  Good mental Health is essential in everyday life so that we are be able to adapt and adjust to life’s natural stressors.  There are several steps that we can take to improve our mental health and wellbeing:

  1. Challenge our Negative Narrative – Our daily thoughts heavily influence our emotions that subsequently drive our actions.  If we begin to challenge any negative narrative that simply does not serve us, we will inevitably bring about positive change!
  2. Identify Positive Social Supports – Author and researcher, Brene Brown, says that we are meant for “connection and a sense of belonging”.  Her research shows that vulnerability breeds connection, which helps reduce isolation and withdrawal.  Positive and healthy interactions with others is essential for strong mental health and recovery from symptoms that otherwise interfere with overall functioning. 
  3. Strengthen positive self-identity – A healthy sense of who you are has many benefits.  To name a few, a positive self-identity promotes regulation of thoughts, feelings, and emotions.  It also helps us secure healthy relationships with others.  Self-identity aids in understanding our needs and wants.  A healthy sense of self allows us to reach our goals we set for our lives. 
  4. Identify Protective Factors – Protective factors are the things that promote our mental health and wellness.  Factors such as good friends, hobbies and interests, self-care, faith, and exploring future goals can aid in our overall health.

When thinking about our health from a holistic perspective, there must be a strong focus on our mental health and wellness.  Taking steps to address our mental health needs can support our overall wellbeing.  If you would like to talk to someone about your mental health needs, contact us today by calling 479-364-0075! 

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