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What is Mental Health?

What is mental health . . . it is:

  • Clarity.
  • Resilience.
  • Proactive choices.
  • Intellectual stimulation.
  • Curiosity.
  • Peace of mind.
  • Bouncing back.
  • A healthy outlook on life.

Mental health is thinking and acting in ways that are congruent with your values and what's meaningful to you. It's the experience of living life with a mind that is curious, open and clear thinking. It's an attitude that enables you to manage and cope with changes, stressors and the activity of life.

What is mental health? It's a healthy mind that's thinking, feeling and acting in alignment with what has meaning for you.

Your thoughts influence everything you do. Your thoughts generate your actions, your behavior. How you act in the world is a result of your thinking. Thoughts are intimately connected to how you feel. Think a good thought, you'll feel good. Think a bad thought, you'll feel bad. Explore the Attitude of Gratitude exercise to test this for yourself.

What is mental well being?
Mental well being is taking responsibility:

  • Your mind is your own. Only you can take care of it well.
  • Respecting your personal boundaries for your mental health.
  • Doing what needs doing to promote your peace of mind.
  • Growing new healthy habits for pain and stress reduction that increase health.
  • Experiencing the richness of your body mind connection.

Mental wellness is the goal. It's part of a wellness continuum . It's taking a step. A step here, a step there along this continuum. Small steps, big effects.

Mental well being is a centered, focused presence of being present, moving through moments with a sense of peace and space. This brings you into more experiences of mental wellness.

" None but ourselves can free our minds. "
Bob Marley

Daily we can feel stretched and strained from the mind traffic of life. There are many things that take up our attention. All-important and, at times, all-burdening. You're aware of them because you care. Soon you're lost in traffic.

External data:
Earthquake in Haiti.
People thirsty, hungry and suffering.
My daughter needs new shoes.
My friend isn't sleeping well.
My mate is depressed.
My neighbor's is dying.
My mother has Alzheimer's.

Internal data:
I'm not where I want to be.
I'm not prepared for this morning's meeting.
The fridge is empty.
Snowstorm's coming. Travel delays.
What's the point of anything?
I need to catch up on emails.
Emotional eating.
I haven't exercised. I need too.

Overwhelmed. During these full times mind traffic can get the best of you.
And it saps you.
But only if you let it.

Stress relief techniques for pain and stress reduction

Let's shift. And reclaim your calm.

A self-care moment. Try this:

Now that you have a clearer definition of what is mental health, explore and experience more mental well being and mental wellness.

Shift now.

  1. Take a moment to breathe. Put yourself back into the driver's seat. Use your fabulous focus and place it upon your breath. Breathe in and out fresh air. Fully and completely. You see, you are the one common denominator among all this data. The highway for all this traffic moves through you. You get stuck in the mind traffic, thinking your locked into a traffic jam of assorted data. But you're not. You're the traffic controller. Rise up and lift into another perspective. Begin by returning home. That home is inside of you and in your heart.
  2. Breathe. Follow your breath into your heart space where good memories, events and places are stored. Think a happy thought. Remember a happy memory. Something that made you feel good.

  3. Let that feeling move through you. Lock onto that feeling. Let nothing else matter but that feeling. Continue to breath. Allow that little bit of good feeling to blossom with every breath you take until your chest feels a little freer and lighter.

  4. Feel yourself shift back to the center of your heart. Stand in this good feeling. Continue to breath the good feeling. Drink it in and get full. You see, without you returning to a balance point, how can you possibly balance the data? You can't, you get lost. I get lost. We all get lost.
  5. Return to balance. Return to your heart. Return to the driver's seat.

So . . . what is mental health? A healthy mind that's thinking, feeling and acting in alignment with what has meaning for you. That's the answer to what is mental health for you.

Cultivate more mental well being increasing your experience of mental wellness. Explore the Attitude of Gratitude exercise and the Gratitude Journal form to help you stay in balance, cultivate awareness and self-care. Take another step today.

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