Mental Health - Helpful Hints
What is Mental Health?
Mental health can be pictured by looking at people around you. People with good mental health most often feel good about themselves. These are traits of people with good mental health:
1. Positive Self-Image. They say positive things about themselves. They believe they can do the things they need to do.
2. Participate in Outside Activities. They are active in things that renew their bodies and spirits.
3. Able to Deal with Stress. They can identify problems and find ways to solve them.
4. Positive, Fulfilling Relationships with Others. They can share feelings and ideas, hopes and dreams. They have healthy relationships.
5. Self-Direction. They can make decisions, plan their education, excel in the workforce, and enjoy hobbies. They are able to follow through and do the things they want and need to do.
6. Accurate Self-Perception. Their feelings match their behavior. What they believe about themselves is a true picture of who they are.
What You Can Do For Your Mental Health
1. For a positive self-image:
- Believe in yourself.
- List what you do well.
- Remind yourself you are important.
- Accept constructive criticism but disregard character assassination.
- Set goals. Break them down into small parts that you can achieve slowly.
- Stop negative self-talk. Tell yourself positive things.
2. For outside activities:
- List what you may like to do.
- Take up a hobby.
- Exercise three times a week for 20 minutes. Do something you enjoy.
- Develop your spiritual self through church or non-church related activities.
3. For stress management:
- Read about stress management techniques or take a class.
- Think of stressful situations as challenges where you can use your positive attitude and problem-solving abilities.
- Take yourself less seriously.
4. For positive relationships:
- Join groups where you can be yourself.
- Become involved in groups that help you grow as a person.
- Read books about good ways to communicate. Practice what you learn with friends.
- Work at your relationship with people important to you.
- Consider learning to care for a pet if being close to people is difficult right now.
5. For self-direction:
- Be proud of your contributions.
- Make your own decisions.
- Identify your needs. Make a list if necessary, and work to meet those needs.
6. For an accurate self-perception:
- Listen to feedback from people you respect.
- Be honest in your relations with others.
Above all, remember you can be your own best friend. Seek professional help if you feel down and need help in making life better for yourself. You are important. It is vital you care for you.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 04/13/2010
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