Beautiful Inside and Out - seeking good mental health

Beautiful inside and out can be defined as a peaceful and balanced social, emotional and psychological state, where you are satisfied and happy with how these areas are performing in your life. 

The mere absence of mental illness is not synonymous with good mental health. Many people with no diagnosable mental illness suffer from a lack of wellbeing.

“We all have mental health just like we all have physical health. And just as we monitor our bodies for potential problem or pain, we should keep tabs on our mental health and try to better recognize when it needs some attention.” John M. Grohol, Psy. D., 2008

How to Achieve Balance and Wellbeing

  • Reducing stress
  • Taking care of yourself physical, emotional, mental and spiritual
  • Working toward successful performance of mental functioning
  • Coping with adversity and change
  • Making connections between thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and beliefs
  • Authentically experiencing all emotions open to us
  • Using coping strategies as bridges to self-discovery
  • Making or maintaining socially and emotionally connection or contact
  • Finding productive activities and fulfilling relationships with other people
  • Recognizing cultural influences to what defines mental health and wellbeing

Markers of Good Mental Health

  • Resiliency to stress
  • Sense of belonging
  • Clear Thinking
  • Productive behavior
  • Ability to take care of self and others
  • Sense of well-being and contentment
  • Flexibility
  • Spirituality: finding a meaning in one's life
  • Optimism
  • Self-confidence, self-esteem and assertiveness
  • Respect for self and others
  • Stable relationships
  • Empathy