In this weeks edition of the Kildare Times Your Health section, Tuesday 23rd June 2015, you will find my article on mental health Well-being in Every Day Life.
Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being. There has been great emphasis on promoting positive mental health in Ireland in recent times and what a wonderful and liberating society for young people to grow up in where mental health promotion is alive and consistent.
Well-being is a state of feeling comfortable, happy and healthy.
Let’s focus on the meaning of the word well-being for a mindful minute. Well-being is a state of feeling comfortable, happy and healthy. In my mind, this is a simple concept which is easy to connect with on a daily basis. Ask yourself, how am I feeling today and what can I do to feel more comfortable, happy and healthy? Life can be hectic and complicated so keeping your well-being simple, achievable and enjoyable future proofs your long-term capacity to flourish. Learn to connect and really listen to yourself. Too often we ignore our own basic needs and emotions and disown what we are feeling or block them out altogether. We are each wonderfully different so get to know yourself, try new things and discover what works for you. Off course there are often situations which are out of your control, thread softly and gently turn your focus towards what is within your control.
There are simple basics which help promote well-being in daily life such as;
· Eating healthy
· Exercising daily
· Consistent quality sleep
· Drinking water
· Avoiding stimulants
· Reducing or removing cigarettes and alcohol consumption
· Learn to relax
It’s ok not to feel ok and it’s also ok not to know all the answers, so get to know yourself and share what you are experiencing. Reach out, talk, connect and learn how to feel comfortable, happy and healthy in your own way.