Mental health is a term used to describe either a level of cognitive or emotional well being or an absence of a mental disorder From perspectives of the discipline of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and procure a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how “mental health” is defined. Mental health can be seen as a continuum, wherein an individual’s mental health may have many different possible values. Mental wellness is generally viewed as a positive attribute, such that a person can reach enhanced levels of mental health, even if they do not have any diagnosable mental health condition. This definition of mental health highlights emotional well being, the capacity to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life’s inevitable challenges. Many therapeutic systems and self-help books offer methods and philosophies espousing strategies and techniques vaunted as effective for further improving the mental wellness of otherwise healthy people. Positive psychology is increasingly prominent in mental health. A holistic model of mental health generally includes concepts based upon anthropological, educational, psychological, religious and sociological perspectives, as well as theoretical perspectives from personality, social, clinical, health and developmental psychology.
A good mental health may include five life tasks essence or spirituality, work and leisure, friendship, love and self-direction. Further twelve sub tasks may also be considered for a good mental health-sense of worth, sense of control, realistic beliefs, emotional awareness and coping, problem solving and creativity, sense of humor, nutrition, exercise, self care, stress management, gender identity, and cultural identity. These are identified as characteristics of healthy functioning and a major component of wellness. The components provide a means of responding to the circumstances of life in a manner that promotes healthy functioning. Mental health can also be defined as an absence of a major mental health condition. Mental health can be socially constructed and socially defined; that is, different professions, communities, societies and cultures have very different ways of conceptualizing its nature and causes, determining what is being mentally healthy, and deciding what interventions are appropriate.
Thus, different professionals will have different cultural and religious backgrounds and experiences, which may impact the methodology applied during treatment. Many mental health professionals are beginning to already understand the importance of competency in religious diversity and spirituality. Education in spirituality and religious matters is also required by people, so that they can develop a good and healthy mind. Knowing your environment well and adapting to situations in a positive manner, all help in becoming mentally tough and healthy. So look for things that lighten up tension and bring a smile to your face and see the mental transformation you undergo. Remember for a good mental health and life count what you have and not what you lack in life. Just say cheers to life.