Good mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It means you are in a state of wellbeing where you feel good and function well in the world.

According to the World Health Organization, good mental health is when you can:

  • cope with the normal stresses of life

  • work productively

  • realise your potential

  • contribute to the community

You are also likely to feel like you belong to a community and are making a contribution to society. You might also have a sense of spiritual wellbeing, a sense of meaning or purpose, and feelings of peace.

Good mental health checklist

People who have good mental health are more likely to be able to cope with the ups and downs.

  • you are confident when faced with new situations or people

  • you feel optimistic

  • you do not always blame yourself

  • you set goals

  • you feel good about yourself

  • you have good self esteem

Building resilience

An important part of having good mental health is building resilience. This is when you can cope with unexpected changes and challenges in your life through drawing on your inner strength and using the support networks around you.

Resilience is important for your mental health and can be learned. You can develop coping skills to help build your resilience and ensure good mental health.

Tips for good mental health

Here are 8 tips for building and maintaining a healthy headspace:

Build relationships

Having good relationships with other people is the most important factor contributing to a sense of wellbeing. This can include relationships with family, friends, workmates and others in the community. Investing time and energy in your relationships can lead to great benefits for all involved.

Exercise and stay healthy

Exercise has been shown to increase wellbeing as well as reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Good physical health is related to better mental health so a healthy diet, cutting back on alcohol and other drugs, getting a good night's sleep, and regular checkups with the doctor can all help.

Develop gratitude

Try keeping a gratitude journal and writing down three positive things each day.

Identify and use your strengths

Identifying and using your strengths and talents can increase wellbeing. A strengths questionnaire is available at Authentic Happiness, (it is free, but you need to register). Using your strengths to help others or contribute to the community creates a sense of meaning and purpose.

Create flow

Flow is the state of being so highly involved in an enjoyable activity that you lose track of time. This usually happens when there's a perfect balance between the level of challenge and the level of skill. Flow can happen during work, hobbies, creative arts or sports.

Give to others

Making a contribution to the community, however small, increases social wellbeing. Many people feel a sense of contributing through meaningful work, but this can also mean volunteering, helping a neighbour or performing small acts of kindness. Take some time to do the things you really enjoy.

Seek help

If you are struggling to feel happy, cope with everyday life, find meaning or feel connected to others, see your doctor or a mental health professional.

If you have any questions or need extra support, we're here to help you anytime in any language. Simply start a chat with us via the home screen of the Sonder app.

Article originally published by: Healthdirect

Image credit: Ben White on Unsplash

All content is created and published for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health professional.

Did this answer your question?