The Seven Habits of Mentally Healthy People

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We all know that looking after our physical health is an ongoing process. No one imagines that if you get yourself in the peak of physical condition, then you’ll stay fit for the rest of your life without doing anything. And so it is with our mental health – it requires regular attention. Just as with physical health we can cultivate regular habits which support good mental health and emotional resilience – if only we know what they are!

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The Seven Habits of Mentally Healthy People

  1. 1. The Seven Habits of Mentally Healthy People With Carolyn Barber of Wayfinder Associates
  2. 2. The Power of Words Mental Health Good Mental Health Madness Depression Stress Mental illness Diagnosis Psychiatric hospitals Happiness Wellbeing Contentment Motivation Energy Fulfillment
  3. 3. The spectrum of mental wellbeing Poor mental health Exhaustion Low energy Lack of motivation Disrupted sleep Anxiety Tearfulness Irritability Good mental health Enjoyment Motivation Excitement Curiosity Fulfillment Pleasure Achievement Calm
  4. 4. The Five Cs Framework for Good Mental Health
  5. 5. The statistics • One in four people experience mental ill- health such as depression or anxiety • 30% of GPs’ time spent on mental ill- health • Most common reason for incapacity benefit is mental ill-health
  6. 6. New developments • Understanding about our brains • Positive psychology • Wellbeing research • Recovery perspectives • Mindfulness
  7. 7. #1 Appreciate Every Day
  8. 8. #2 Practice Positive Thinking
  9. 9. #3 Play to Your Strengths
  10. 10. #4 Connect with Others
  11. 11. #5 Find Meaning
  12. 12. #6 Have Fun
  13. 13. #7 Pay Attention to the Now Moment
  14. 14. Coming up in 2014 • Off The Shelf Training Workshops • Hampshire Human Library project • The Mindful Living Club www.goodmentalhealth.org.uk Preview The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life By Carolyn Barber

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