There’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to take stock of your mental wellness and learn new ways to improve your overall well-being. But what is mental wellness?
The World Health Organization (WHO) 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.”
This doesn’t mean that you simply have an absence of mental health issues. It also does not mean that you’re just coping well with any disorders that you may have. Mental wellness refers to having positive characteristics that allow you to thrive, even during times of stress.
Mental Wellness Traits
Those with a hefty sense of mental wellness have some traits in common.
- Contentment refers to feeling secure no matter what your circumstances. Those with high levels of contentment are able to laugh and enjoy life.
- Resiliency means that you can stand up to stressful situations, effectively deal with them, and return to a sense of normality. Resilient individuals can adapt to changing situations and life events.
- Work/life balance is healthy. Having this balance means that you can separate your home and work life. Those with balance in this area make sure to allow time for both work and play.
- Ability to build/maintain relationships refers to your social abilities and confidence. Those who are good at managing their relationships adhere to the concept of giving and take. They understand the importance of other people in their lives.
- Self-confidence refers to high self-esteem. These individuals have a strong sense of self, use their strengths to their advantage, and learn to overcome any weaknesses.
- An unwavering sense of purpose can help with all of these characteristics, even when times get tough. When you have meaning in your life, you tend to take more positive steps to accomplish your goals.
During mental wellness month, you may want to take a look at your own mental health. Determine if there are some positive characteristics that you need to work on. Additionally, you should identify potential obstacles or a negative mindset that might prevent you from reaching your full potential.
Secure and Grow mental Wellness
Resources and services to secure and grow your mental wellness
Springboard Community Services (SCS) offers many programs and services that assist in fortifying mental wellness. Services range from counseling for children, teens, adults, and families to programs that assist victims and survivors of abuse, as well as case management to help secure housing and other essential social services. Springboard has offices in Baltimore’s Roland Park, as well as Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. The following are tips you can incorporate to enhance your mental wellness.
- Exhibit an attitude of gratitude
Focus on people, experiences, and things you are thankful for and which build a positive sense of self. Accent the good things in your life, and recognize negative influences that adversely impact your well-being.
- Set aside time to do the things you enjoy
Your life can become overwhelmed by tasks that we feel we “have” to do, and you lose sight of experiences that bring joy and meaning to our lives. Set aside time to experience pleasant and meaningful events, such as coffee with a friend, taking a walk, a hot bath, or even registering for a class or a special program.
- Take a break from the stress
Try eliminating or reducing things that are not healthy or helpful to you. Set appropriate boundaries in your life, and learn to say no sometimes.
- Slow down
When experiencing a moment of joy or an accomplishment, take a moment to acknowledge this experience.
- Take care of yourself
Enhancing your physical wellness also improves mental wellness. Exercising, eating well, and treating your physical ailments are important steps to overall well-being.
- Ask for help when you need it
If you are interested in learning more take the first step by clicking the link to our website and learning about SCS’s programs to help boost mental wellness. SCS staff can assist in tackling life’s greatest challenges related to housing, health, work, and family. Visit our website and call 410-366-1980 or 800-899-4601 (toll-free).