If you have good mental well-being you are able to have positive self-esteem and confidence, feel, identify, and express an assortment of emotions, build and maintain healthy relationships, engage with the world around you, live and work productively, and cope with the stress of daily life.
We're all different. What affects one person's mental well-being won't necessarily affect another in the same way. We all have times when we have low mental well-being, when we feel stressed, upset, or find it difficult to cope.
Stress, loneliness, inactivity, and/or lack of sleep all negatively affect our mental well-being. At other times, there may be no clear reason for why you feel the way you do.
Factors that may make you more vulnerable to periods of poor mental well-being include:
- grief and loss
- relationship issues
- work conflicts
- abuse, trauma, violence, or neglect, either current or past
- a long-term physical health condition
- poverty or financial stress
- being a caregiver to a family member or friend
- significant trauma or exposure to violence
No matter the reason, it can be helpful to remember that you deserve to feel good. There are steps you can take to improve and maintain your mental well-being. PAS can help you address the issues that may be affecting your well-being.
Breathing & Relaxation
Take a deep breath in. Now let it out. You may notice a difference in how you feel already. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Some simple breathing exercises can make a big difference in your well-being if you make them part of your regular routine.
When traumatic life events occur many people react with a flood of strong emotions. Your resilience will guide your emotional and behavioral reactions to life-changing situations.
Self-care is essential. The truth is that many of us are so busy caring for others that taking care of ourselves is the last order of business. How do we take care of ourselves and avoid burnout? There are different ways to approach this -- find what works best for you.
The pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal. With so many people torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it's no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed."