If we discuss physical health our first thoughts can be exercise before illness. At the mention of mental health we tend to only think of illness – why is that?
According to the WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is:
“… a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
The WHO stresses that mental health “is not just the absence of mental disorder.”
Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioral, and emotional wellbeing – it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. The term ‘mental health’ is sometimes used to mean an absence of a mental disorder.
We grew up with physical health in the form of exercise we need to do this, be active fresh air, play, so we will be physically healthy.
We first hear about mental health when there is an issue or illness! Worse it often starts as a whisper or an embarrassed silence – This has to change.
Healthy is BODY + MIND – they both need exercise!
Over the last decade positive psychology has blossomed. In a library there is still probably a 100:1 ratio of books on mental disorders vs health its a growing opportunity. In my last blog post – Self Assessment – the key message was in taking a self assessment quiz as much of the benefit can come from the process as the result. Having spent the last 7 years thinking about how people their and how to help them tap into their #zoneofgenius I continue to be be excited in how this actually helps me.
I wake up and can see who I helped I can reach out and try and help them more I can offer a free resource to help people I meet and I can go to sleep at night reflecting on the positive outcome of the day.
The alternative of course is I get up and worry about who I am not helping, my anxiety could grow with the lack of opportunities for people to express their #zoneofgenius. This could all end up in a deflated ego and low self-esteem if I wanted it to – I choose not to.
Just as there are apps on you phone for exercise routines there exciting is now many for relaxation and meditation. They may not suit everybody and each to their own but my advice is every day:
Seek out positive exercise for you Body and Mind
Focusing on your Zone of Genius is one of many ways you can be practicing positive mental health and I wish you well.
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