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Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • The ability to learn
  • The ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • The ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • The ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty

Ecotherapy:

-Programmes that aim to promote good mental and physical wellbeing through outdoor activity in a green environment. Getting involved in gardening, food growing and community environmental projects is good for mental and physical health

-It boosts people’s skills and confidence to get back into work or training. It is a great way to help socially isolated people to feel more connected.

-helped treat anxiety and depression,

-a website about the benefit of ecotheraphy

– ‘Feel better outside, feel better inside” : Mind has funded 130 projects in England through Ecominds which provide a range of outdoor activities for people with mental health problems. Over 12,000 people used the projects to look after their mental health by doing gardening, farming, food growing, exercise, art and craft, or environmental conservation work – supported by trained professionals.

Green Spaces:

Study finds green spaces may boost wellbeing for city dwellers. People living in urban areas with more green space tend to report greater wellbeing than city dwellers who don’t have parks, gardens, or other green space nearby.  Individuals reported less mental distress and higher life satisfaction when they were living in greener areas.

Be Happy:

There are all kinds of happiness but generally it makes you feel that things are good and that all is right in your world. It’s not a fleeting feeling but an overall satisfaction with our relationships, our work and being optimistic about the future. Happy people tend to have healthier and more enjoyable lives. They tend to have better relationships and are more likeable. We know that happier people are healthier and live longer. They are more successful in work, sports, studies and friendship. On a society level it’s better for employers as happy workers tend to be more productive, have less time off and are more likely to help others. The happier you feel the more likely you’ll attract success and good relationships.

There’s concrete evidence that being happy gives us better health and psychological wellbeing. You are half as likely to catch a cold if you are happy, and you’ll have a significantly reduced risk of heart disease. There’s a preventative and protective link.

  • The happiness gene: Research has shown that our genes do play a role in happiness. “Trying to be happier is like trying to be taller.” We each have a “happiness set point”. We can definitely learn to be happier.
  • Money: Money doesn’t make you happy, but a lack of money can make you sad if you don’t have enough to get by. It stands to reason that you would be happier if you didn’t have to worry about feeding your family or losing your house because you haven’t got enough cash.
  • Happiness is other people: The biggest influence is our relationships and connections with other people. Your relationships give you a different type of happiness which is more meaningful with a sense of connectedness. You are giving, receiving and feel appreciated. Happiness is to be found in sharing
  • Learning to love yourself : You need to be happy yourself before you can help others. Being happy in your own skin is important. You need to recognise that we are all flawed and scared and often trying to live up to someone else’s ideal but being at peace with yourself is the key to happiness.
  • Helping others : through giving their time, money or support are likely to be more happy and satisfied with their own lives.Volunteering is also good for your psychological wellbeing. It makes you feel better about yourself and takes your mind off your own problems.

10 Ways to Look After Your Mental Health:

  • Talk About Your Feelings
  • Eat Well
  • Keep in Touch
  • Take a break
  • Accept Who You Are
  • Drink Sensibly
  • Keep active
  • Ask for Help
  • Do Something You’re Good At
  • Care for others

Resource:

http://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/policies-issues/ecotherapy/ecominds/

http://www.webmd.boots.com/mental-health/news/20130423/green-spaces-good-for-health

http://www.webmd.boots.com/mental-health/features/how-to-be-happy

http://www.webmd.boots.com/mental-health/news/20131023/ecotherapy-mental-health

http://www.webmd.boots.com/stress-management/default.htm

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/10-ways-to-look-after-your-mental-health/

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