Health Ministry Report

What Is Mental Wellness?

The World Health Organization, which you’re probably familiar with as WHO, defines mental wellness as “a state of well-being 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.”

This doesn’t mean that you simply have an absence of mental health issues. It also does not mean that you’re just coping well with any disorders that you may have. Mental wellness refers to having positive characteristics that allow you to thrive, even during times of stress.

Those with a hefty sense of mental wellness have some traits in common.

  • Contentment refers to feeling secure no matter what your circumstances. Those with high levels of contentment are able to laugh and enjoy life.
  • Resiliency means that you can stand up to stressful situations, effectively deal with them, and return to a sense of normality. Resilient individuals can adapt to changing situations and life events.
  • Work/life balance is healthy. Having this balance means that you can separate your home and work life. Those with balance in this area make sure to allow time for both work and play.
  • Ability to build/maintain relationships refers to your social abilities and confidence. Those who are good at managing their relationships adhere to the concept of give and take. They understand the importance of other people in their lives.
  • Self-confidence refers to high self-esteem. These individuals have a strong sense of self, use their strengths to their advantage, and learn to overcome any weaknesses.
  • An unwavering sense of purpose can help with all of these characteristics, even when times get tough. When you have meaning in your life, you tend to take more positive steps to accomplish your goals.

During mental wellness month, you may want to take a look at your own mental health. Determine if there are some positive characteristics that you need to work on. Additionally, you should identify potential obstacles or a negative mindset that might prevent you from reaching your full potential.