Understanding mental health

Our mental health fluctuates on a continuum: optimal mental health is at one end of the spectrum – represented by feeling good and functioning well – while mental ill health is at the other – represented by symptoms that affect people’s thoughts, feelings or behaviour.

Here’s a few tips to look after your mental health to be the best you. And scroll down to download our Understanding Mental Health Fact Sheet.

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and enable you to cope through challenging experiences.

Regular exercise has significant benefits for your mental health and wellbeing. Not only does it keep your brain and other organs healthy, it can also boost your self-esteem, improve your concentration and the quality of your sleep.

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. As part of your Best You program you can access the help of a qualified dietician, simply contact Benestar to arrange your appointment.

Staying connected with friends and family is an important part of your wellbeing. If it’s not possible to see them in person give them a quick call, or chat online. Keep the lines of communication open, even if you don’t feel like it.

If your workplace offers a resilience training program, get involved. Alternatively, it can be useful to access the range of self-help skills that are offered through the BeneHub Portal, such as reframing for resilience, managing change, and managing conflict.

None of us are superhuman; we all get tired sometimes or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If you realise you may be moving down the mental health continuum, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear and the team at Benestar are always here to help.

Click here for your “Understanding Mental Health” Fact Sheet.

Source: This is an edited extract from the AFA Care/Benestar “Understanding Mental Health” Fact Sheet.