‘Mental health is the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment’ (Princeton University). Mental Health, according to the DSM-IV, is technically the absence of a mental disorder. However the absence of a mental disorder doesn’t necessarily mean that one is content, happy and living their life to the optimum. This of course differs from person to person and family to family. Our aim with those that we work with is to work out what actually motivates them and makes them happy. You may be surprised to hear that this isn’t always what you ‘think’ it is.
It can take a little while to unpick what you have learned should make you happy and should make you thrive, and you will likely have learned this from your family, from your schooling, and from those around you. Media also has a huge part to play in our perception of what should make us happy. So how do you determine what motivates you, makes you happy and therefore sustains your ‘mental healthiness’? You determine it by getting to know your thoughts (positive vs negative) and how your body reacts in different situations. This is easier said than done! Implementing some simple changes can help you to determine how ‘mentally healthy’ you are and work to make yourself even healthier, or your children’s mental health even healthier.