A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

Mental or emotional well-being is a more psychological aspect of environmental influence on one’s state in comparison to physical diseases.

There may be no clear-cut distinction between an altered mental state and a physical diseased state because both conditions are quite inseparable as one enhances the effect of the other.

Have you ever felt so depressed that you caught a flu very easily?

According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

“There is no health without mental health; mental health is too important to be left to the professionals alone, and mental health is everyone’s business.”

Carol Diane Ryff, the Hilldale Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison postulated six key factors for well-being.

1. Self-acceptance

This refers to the awareness of one’s strength, weakness, capabilities, general worth, talent etc. and feeling of confidence despite flaws regardless of one’s past situations. Looking down on one’s self is not the way to go.

2. Personal development

One’s conscious effort to improve awareness and identity, develop their talents and potential, build income, enhance a quality life and contribute to their dreams and aspiration.

3. Purpose in Life

The realization of one’s personal reason to live affects their social and mental behaviours. This route is usually mapped by religion, philosophy or science.

4. Environmental mastery

Mastering one’s environment is basically being informative and knowledgeable about what’s around and using this knowledge, avoid what you don’t want as well as acquire what you want.

5. Autonomy

Certain people resist social change that is not in line with their inner standards. They seem to pursue freely only what they want to do regardless of opinions. Autonomy is a form of self-governance which may improve one’s confidence as well as psychological strength.

6. Positive relationship with others

As very human as we are, one can’t live in isolation. A sense of relevance or care shown by family and friends have positive effects on mental health.
In as much as one’s physical environment matter to their health, a feeling of goodness, happiness, confidence, relevance and social acceptance promotes healthy living.