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What is Mental Wellness ?

What does Mental Health and Wellbeing mean? And how is it different from Mental Illness?

Everyone has mental health as everyone has physical health.

The state of our mental wellbeing impacts all aspects of our life, and by taking care of it, it improves how we feel daily. Our mental health and wellbeing is a spectrum and is constantly changing according to how well we confront and adapt to the obstacles we face daily. 

If you are keen to learn about some basic techniques you can try out to better your mental health and wellbeing, keep reading.

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WHO definition of mental health and wellbeing

Let’s first start by understanding exactly what we mean by having positive mental health and wellbeing.

As defined by the WHO, Mental Health is “a state of wellbeing 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.”

Hence, Mental Health, i.e., having positive Mental Wellbeing, represents our mental state in terms of our thoughts, emotions, and actions. And how well we can deal with the overall stress and the day-to-day struggles.

Everyone has mental health as everyone has physical health.

Mental wellness is crucial at all stages of life, which include childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

Individuals who have good mental wellbeing know how to control their emotions, behavior, and thoughts.

This allows them to build stronger relationships both with themselves and others and deal better with day-to-day obstacles. Consequently, they are happier, have a positive mindset, have more self-love, and enjoy life more.

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Mental wellness is crucial at all stages of life, which include childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

The Importance Of Mental health and wellbeing

Before we dive deeper, it is essential to make the distinction between Mental Health and Mental Illness. It is vital to keep in mind that the two are not the same.

More often than not, we consider our mental state as a scale, with good mental health on one end and mental illness on the other, and we are either one side or the other. However, this is not the case. 

It’s essential to think of mental health and mental illness as distinct entities that operate separately.

You may have good mental health while still having a diagnosed mental illness that is being treated successfully. Likewise, it’s also possible to have poor mental health without having a mental illness.

That being said, when you live for an extended period of time in a poor mental wellbeing state, this could lead to the development of a diagnosed mental health illness, such as eating and anxiety disorders and depression.

Disclaimer: The focus of this blog is solely on mental health and wellbeing and not mental illness.

So what do you feel if you have poor mental wellness?

  • feeling you are not enough and unworthy 
  • losing connection with yourself and others
  • feeling lost
  • experiencing a lack of sleep
  • experiencing severe mood swings
  • having a lack of self-love
  • having low or no energy
  • feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • overthinking everything
  • sensing a void inside or numb or like nothing matters.
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On the contrary, when you have positive mental wellbeing, you feel satisfied and happy, but not only that. It may also include:

  • feeling confident and having positive self-esteem
  • developing and sustaining solid relationships
  • realizing your full potential
  • coping with stress and struggles of everyday life 
  • being capable of adjusting to different situations, especially in times of uncertainty
  • having a sense of belonging.
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It is essential to keep in mind that having good mental health and wellbeing does not mean that you won’t experience negative thoughts and feelings.

Everyone encounters challenging situations in life where it creates anger, frustration, sadness, etc. Unfortunately, no switch could turn off these feelings and emotions. 

However, having good mental health and wellbeing means that you’ll be capable of confronting challenging situations in the best possible way, surrendering yourself from anything you cannot control, and learn how to move forward from them.

Sustaining mental wellbeing necessitates time and effort. 

The more you invest in it, the easier it will become.

Working Towards Mental Health And Wellbeing 

The state of our mental wellbeing impacts all aspects of our life, and by taking care of it, it improves how we feel daily. Our mental health and wellbeing is a spectrum and is constantly changing according to how well we confront and adapt to the obstacles we face daily. 

Sustaining mental wellbeing necessitates time and effort and the more you invest in it, the easier it will become.

There are various ways you can try to better your mental wellbeing, and different techniques work differently with people, but here are some basics you could try:

1. Movement

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Nowadays, everyone knows the importance of doing physical activity daily. However, some may not be aware that doing physical activity outdoors, especially in nature or near the sea, has extra benefits. 

Studies show that just being outside will make you feel happier, improve your self-esteem, increase your concentration and heal faster. The reason is that by being in nature, we are exposed to negative irons, which are best known for stabilizing our moods and increasing our serotonin. Exercising around the ocean may be optimal, but any natural environment is of benefit.

And by exercising, I’m not saying you need to follow a challenging program and exercise until you feel you’re going to die.

If you’re not a gym person or don’t like to work out you can include physical activity into your daily activities. For example, instead of eating at your desk, you can go for a walk at lunchtime, or you can walk to an appointment instead of driving.

Another easy way you can incorporate some movement into your day is by dancing to your favorite music. You can dance while cooking or folding your clothes.

Be creative! Find what works for you and your lifestyle, and do that! The important thing is that you are moving your body and enjoying yourself.

2. Practicing Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness?

According to Oxford Languages, the term mindfulness refers to “a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”

When you practice mindfulness, you have better control of your feelings and emotions. Thus, when faced with challenging situations, instead of feeling overwhelmed and lost, you overcome them more calmly. 

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In today’s world, overthinking is truly a condition almost every person is experiencing because inevitably, we are exposed to a lot of data all the time. That is why it is crucial that we give our minds some time and space to relax and calm down, and just be in the present moment.

One way to practice mindfulness is through meditation. During meditation, you focus solely on the present moment and clear your mind from the cluttered thoughts that may be troubling you and causing stress. That is why practicing daily meditation is extremely beneficial. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy; be in a quiet place, unwind, breathe deeply, and stay still.

You can also use our Daily Inspo page as an inspiration. You can make a list of things that you are grateful for and repeat your daily positive affirmations. It will help you to take control of your mind, even if for just a few minutes.

3. Nourish your body

Many people are aware of the advantages that a well-balanced diet has towards our physical health, but how many are aware of its benefits to our mental wellness and health? 

We are what we eat.

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During the last decade or so, there have been many studies that show that food has a growing effect on our overall mental wellness and severe mental disorders like depression and anxiety. 

As highlighted by Healthline, like all other organs, the mind reacts to what you eat and drink. To function properly and remain sharp, the brain needs key vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. If you don’t give your brain these nutrients, it won’t function properly, and it may increase your risk of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, etc. 

We are what we eat! So it is essential to be aware and understand what you’re putting into your body on a regular basis. Because, eventually, anything you put into your body will affect your overall well-being. 

how are we going to help you?

This article is just merely the surface of this subject. There are many other topics to be discussed in more detail so that you would be in a place to better your overall mental well-being. That is why we created this blog. This blog will act as a one-stop-shop for everything you need to better your mental wellbeing

Through this blog, we hope to empower you with tools and awareness on how to connect with your mind, body, and soul and attain a state of positive mental wellbeing to live a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life.

Our goal is to guide and provide you with optimal mindset tools to take massive action in your life to overcome any fears, judgments, doubts, and blocks and establish healthy habits.

We have been there. We know what it feels like to be ‘stuck’ – to know you need more in life but don’t know how to get it. To feel as if something inside you is ‘broken’ and desperately wants to change but don’t know where to start.

So, Who Is This Blog For?

If you are a woman who: 

  • is looking to better your mental wellbeing and lifestyle;
  • have an interest in self-awareness and self-development;
  • needs guidance on how to reconnect with yourself and find inner peace;
  • is in a place where you are willing to invest in yourself;
  • finally understands the need to prioritize your mental wellbeing;
  • wants to change some traits and beliefs;
  • and if you are willing to become the best version of yourself – for yourself and those around you.

Then you are in the right place!

We will give you all the tools you need and guide you through this self-development journey so that you can transform your life to finally be in a place where you can live the life you truly desire.

 

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Disclaimer: The information given comes mainly from our own experience. It is essential to know that we are not professionals. We speak from our own experience and from what has helped us through this journey. If you need professional help, please know that it’s OK to ask for help.

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