Improving your mental wellbeing
Having good mental wellbeing means you feel good about yourself and the way you live your life. It means that you can usually deal with bad times and changes, and know when you need support from others.
Good mental wellbeing can help you to live a longer, happier and healthier life. When you face tough times you are able to cope. This is called having resilience. Building your mental wellbeing and being resilient can even reduce your risk of having poor mental health. Even if you are living with poor mental health or a diagnosed mental health problem, it is possible to have good mental wellbeing, to have strong resilience and to live well with the condition. Our guide Five Ways to Wellbeing - A guide to improving your mental wellbeing will help you get started in exploring your own mental wellbeing. Here's a preview to get you started...
There is evidence to suggest that wellbeing is based on:
• Your situation in life
• Your relationships with others
• The things that you do
• The life skills you have
• The things that have happened to you
• How resilient you are
These things affect how well you feel, and how well you deal with what life throws at you. They are hard to control or change, especially if you try to do this on your own without support. There are ways to improve your mental wellbeing and increase feelings of happiness and fulfilment so that you can get the best out of life. Research has found that there are five ways which help people improve their mental wellbeing. There is evidence to suggest that people with good mental wellbeing do more of these five things. Just as we aim to eat five pieces of fruit and vegetables each day to improve our physical health, there are also five things that we can do to improve our mental wellbeing.
These are: Be active - Connect - Give - Keep learning - Take notice
Check out the full guide here for lots more useful information to help you improve your mental wellbeing.
We also have many other mental health guides from dealing with self-harm, understanding personality disorders, to building self-esteem. Find all the guides here.