World Mental Health Day is October 10th and is the perfect time to check-in on your own emotional, psychological, and mental well-being. It is hard sometimes to know if things are going well or shifting for the worse in the moment. Only when you look back are you able to see patterns of behavior.
You can develop self-awareness by working on it like you would a muscle. Take a deep breath and think about how you are feeling. Do any areas of your body feel tense? Try to release the tension and consider if you are holding on to any negative feelings.
Searching for answers to your mental health questions can lead you to better personal and professional development. There are 5 key traits of positive mental health:
1. Ability to adapt to change.
When plans change, how do you react? Do you express frustration that your day is ruined or do you shut down and refuse to make adjustments? The ability to adapt to change with a positive attitude and a creative solution to the change is a sign of strong mental health.
2. Interest in something or someone outside of yourself.
Joining a club or religious organization can provide some external stimulation and needed interaction in the community. Developing an interest in a hobby or thinking of others instead of just yourself can lead to positive mental wellness.
3. Lasting and satisfying personal relationships.
Are you in a committed romantic relationship? The length and satisfaction that you have with your relationships, both romantic and platonic, can usually demonstrate a lot about your mental well-being. If you have recently withdrawn from your group of friends, it may be time to check on your mental fitness.
4. Ability to let go of mistakes, both others’ and your own.
Do you remember the last time you made a mistake? It could have been at home or at work. How did you handle it? How do you handle the mistakes of others? If you are kind to yourself and others, that is a sign your mental health is doing well.
5. Feel good about yourself.
There’s an old saying that how you look impacts how you feel. While there is some truth to that, there is more scientific backing to how you feel dictates how well you take care of yourself. If you recently suffered a loss, try to still go through the motions of getting ready in the morning and dress as though not much has changed. You will still feel sad but you will also signal to your brain that it is ok to move throughout the day.
Which traits do you feel the most confident about? Which ones do you need to improve?
Your level of mental health will fluctuate over time and through different seasons of your life. If you need a hand or someone to talk to, I am available. Please contact me at (904) 737-7242 to make an appointment.