“Mental health is 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.” World Health Organisation
The behaviours associated with poor mental health can be a major contributor to physical health problems and can compromise our relationships. There are many benefits of looking after your mental health, including healthier relationships, better ability to cope with life stressors, better productivity, and a positive self-image. This all leads to a higher quality of life and an improvement in our overall wellbeing.
These simple self-care tips can help improve our physical and mental health:
- Get regular exercise
- Eat healthy, regular meals and stay hydrated
- Make sleep a priority
- Try a relaxing activity and make a regular time for it
- Set goals and priorities for the day, week or month
- Practice gratitude
- Focus on a positive mindset
- Stay connected to family and friends.
Reachout has more self-care tips for young people on their website – https://au.reachout.com/mental-wellbeing/self-care
For over ten years, La Salle College has promoted the Act, Belong, Commit message to encourage everyone to stay mentally healthy. It’s widely understood that there are many things we can do to reduce the chances of having mental health problems during our life and the great news is that every small action is beneficial. Act, Belong Commit is summarised this way:
Act – Do something.
Keep active mentally, physically, socially, spiritually, culturally…Go for a walk, dance or read a book.
Belong – Do something with someone.
Keep connected – to friends, family and your community. Join a book club or a sports team, go to a community event.
Commit – Do something meaningful.
Do something meaningful, important and valuable to you. Volunteer, learn something new, take on a challenge, take up a cause.
Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to good mental health and wellbeing, and builds stronger communities.
Go to the Act, Belong, Commit website to take their Wellbeing Quiz – https://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/my-mental-health/mental-wellbeing-quiz/ or try out their Activity Finder to help you find ways to Act, Belong Commit – https://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/activity-finder/.
College Wellbeing Team