Positive Mental Health
What is positive mental health?
Factors associated with positive mental health:
Happiness at Work/School
Having enough dosh seems to be important for mental health. Firstly, because being hungry will, obviously, seriously impact your buzz. Secondly, if you are poor, you may only be able to buy cheap food low in nutritional value. Thirdly, worrying daily that the bank/landlord will knock on your door is very stressful in itself. The link between food and mood is so significant that the mental health charity, Mind, has written a guide on the link between the two.
On the other hand, many people do have enough money for healthy nutritious food, but prefer to spend it on other things such as alcohol, clothes or partying. This is a short term gain for a long term pain. Plus, you just won’t have the same energy levels as you would if you were chowing down on the good stuff!
A budgeting service such as MABS should be able to help you budget so that you can eat well and still socialise. And remember, if you are in school or are a student, there are many discounts available.
Freedom from discrimination
Discrimination seriously impacts mood and mental health. Sadly, many groups in society are discriminated against, for reasons ranging from hair colour to skin colour to sexuality to gender. For this reason, there are various organisations in Ireland that help to support people being discriminated against. These organisations provide legal advice also, as most forms of discrimination are illegal in Ireland. You can find out more about discrimination and sources of help by clicking here.
It is always good to have an outlet for stress or even happiness. Anything from drawing to backing to making music will help release any pent up frustrations. It is also good to be able to express a full range of emotions and creative pursuits allow you to do this. If you really love your creative pursuit, you may even be able to get some cash from it!
Spirituality does not always refer to organised religion. If it makes you content, going to mass and being part of a congregation will certainly be a positive thing. However, even if you do not believe in organised religion, you may feel a sense of peace and serenity by being around nature or sitting alone meditating. Remember, spirituality means different things to different people, so find what works for you.
Article written by Spunout.ie