Being mentally and emotionally well is not just about the absence of a mental health problem, nor is it about the absence of feelings. Rather, being mentally and emotionally well is about being able to:
There are several steps you can take to stay or become mentally and emotionally well.
You are less likely to feel emotionally or mentally unwell if you take care of your physical health. This includes eating healthily, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. If you neglect your physical health, you may find this affects your moods and the way you are feeling.
Everyone feels stressed sometimes, and learning to cope with stress and not feel overwhelmed by stressful experiences is one of the most important ways you can take care of your wellbeing.
Training yourself to pay more attention to the present and learning to relax and accept yourself can have an extremely positive impact on your wellbeing. Mindfulness usually includes relaxation techniques such as meditation, which usually increase feelings of wellbeing.
Learning to express yourself in a useful way means you won’t bottle up negative thoughts and feelings, which often come out in unproductive or unhelpful ways in the future. This might mean talking to someone if you are upset with them, instead of harbouring negative feelings and then shouting at them later on.
Staying in touch with other people and talking about how you are is also very important for your mental and emotional health.
Accepting yourself and feeling comfortable with the way you are is an important component of mental and emotional wellbeing. If you are low in confidence and feel this restricts you, talking to a trained professional may help. You should also think about why you are low in confidence, if this is something you can control (e.g. it is a weight issue), make steps to change this if possible.
If you feel you might have a mental health problem, or have a particular issue that you wish to discuss with a professional, seek help. There is no shame in going to a talking therapy and many people find talking therapies incredibly useful. You can also talk to your GP who may prescribe you medication or direct you to the appropriate service.