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Good Guidance

13/10/2016
​Good Guidance
with Silke Hetherington & Jenny Morris
 
FROM THE GUIDANCE OFFICE
 
Mental Health is a positive state of wellbeing used to describe emotional and social wellness. It involves feeling positive about ourselves, the people and events in our lives, and being able to live life to our fullest capacity.
 
The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realises 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.”
 
Our mental health influences everything we do:
 
  • How we think, feel and behave
  • The way we relate to other people
  • The way we respond to the challenges of everyday life; and
  • How we cope with events such as changing jobs, having a baby, raising a child, relationship difficulties, retirement, loss and physical illness,
 
Things to do to improve your mental health
 
  • Exercise daily – at least for 30 minutes
  • Eat healthy foods – avoid drinking too much coffee, eating too much fat, and sugars
  • Visit your doctor regularly to ensure good health
  • Build a community around yourself – having people to talk to makes life happier and more enjoyable
  • Keep busy and involved – in family, school, work, leisure
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Have adequate sleep – restful sleep. If you snore or have sleep apnoea see your doctor
  • Seek help if you are feeling down, don’t let the blues take over you
  • Be kind to yourself – do things that you enjoy eg. a relaxing bath, take a movie, go to dinner
  • Do things for other people – not only will they benefit but it is a boost for you as well
    Practise thinking good thoughts, avoid bad thoughts
  • Watch comedy shows, seek out humour, laugh loudly
 
Mental health is an essential part of our overall health and affects our physical health; as our physical health also affects our mental health. It is also strongly related to our behaviour, particularly our social behaviour and relationships with others. So put the effort in and work to be mentally healthy.
 
Adapted from: Austn Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health.
 
If you would like further information or to find out what services are available see your Guidance Officer at the school.