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Mental Health vs Mental Wellness

Mental health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of an illness. Individuals who realize their own potential and are able to cope with normal daily life stressors, while being able to function and participate actively in their community and lives.

Mental wellness is often described as an internal resource that helps you think, feel, connect and function. It is also an active process which helps you to build resilience, to grow and flourish. Mental wellness can coexist with mental illness. Mental wellness can lessen and prevent mental illness by increasing your level of mental health wellness. Individuals who have practices that facilitate mental wellness help to protect themselves from developing serious symptoms of chronic mental illnesses. Mental wellness is an active process; one which is lifelong.

So what can you do to facilitate increasing your mental wellness and protecting your overall mental health? Engage in various activities which promote a healthy well being such as meditation or daily prayers, listening to music, talking with someone you trust-friend, counselor, family, going outside for a walk on the beach or neighborhood, making time each day to BE STILL and quiet, exercise, swimming, gardening, making art or practicing yoga can all help. Practicing self compassion as well promotes a healthy wellbeing - being kind to yourself, acknowledging the challenges of daily life and that your challenge does not define who you are.

If you would like to learn more about how you can improve your mental health wellness, contact me at Let me help you put the pieces together.

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