Self Care

Common features of Good Mental Health:

  1. Making the most of your potential
  2. Engaging with family/work/community
  3. Ability to learn
  4. Ability to feel, express and manage emotions (positive and negative)
  5. Ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  6. Ability to cope with & manage change and uncertainty

Risk Factors to Good Mental Health include:

Circumstances e.g. poverty, isolation, sickness

Experiences e.g. Family mental illness, bullied/abused, traumatic/stressful life events, risk taking behaviour

Increase your protective factors by:

  1. Improving your relationship with yourself
  2. Improving your relationship with others
  3. Asking for help
  4. Improving your problem solving skills
  5. Improving your decision making skills
  6. Improving your self worth
  7. Getting involved in your community e.g. making friends, volunteering to help others, joining sports groups

Increase your resilience by:

  1. Learn new or improve your skills to cope with life stressors (emotional, social, financial)
  2. Learn or improve on your networking skills
  3. Learn or improve your resourcefulness
  4. Education itself – keeping learning

There are also several blogs on the topic of Self Care if you are interested in reading more.

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