The World Health Organisation defines mental health as ‘a state of wellbeing in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’

There is no doubt wellbeing correlates with positive mental health but to achieve wellbeing (often felt as a heightened state beyond just feeling happy or being in good health) the reality isn’t straight forward.

I’m sure we have all felt what it’s like to be content sometimes even satisfied with certain aspects of our life, but understanding the elements to sustaining wellbeing has been tricky – even for the most astute humans

An important factor are our social connections which may include in the workplace, amongst family and friends and even the newly formed acquaintances that come and go from our lives. It is often understated the impact these groups have on our lives, in particular the support that can come from a supportive relationship

The feeling of purpose and self-worth provides a foundation for us to thrive in the world. It allows us to stay grounded in our pursuit of goals, and gives inherit meaning to our existence. Remembering we all have a place in this world, and to contribute to society protects us from feelings of worthlessness and depression

Realising the potential within is an ultimate bi product of wellbeing, and our ability to understand the key factors (emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment) and how they play a part in our lives goes a long way to achieving wellbeing

Ways to Achieve Wellbeing:

  • Find meaning in the things you do and good relationships
  • Work on establishing good relationships with connection
  • Focus on your strengths and aim to use them to contribute to the greater good
  • Seek solace in challenge, and embrace the outcomes
  • Lifestyle habits (sleep, diet and exercise)
  • Integrate mindfulness tasks, meditation and practice gratitude

Wellbeing helps us: 

  • Build the resilience we need to persevere
  • Build social supports and self-efficacy
  • Emerge from our challenges even stronger, knowing we have the ability to cope with adversity.
  • Formulate clear and precise decision making in order to achieve goals

True wellbeing acts to protect our mental health and such creating an environment to flourish in will help against the battles of mental illness. Wellbeing helps us live life to our full potential