Mental well-being resourcesHEALTH COMPETENCE 3/6
Taking care of mental well-being is an essential part of promoting work capacity and well-being. Everyone faces relationship problems, financial worries, work pressure, crises and losses. Mental health does not mean that you would never be irritated or feel like the entire world is out to get you.
People face challenges and crises in their lives, but mental health skills can support their own survival and they also help to cope. You can strengthen your survival skills in your own life by practicing them.
The type of things that strengthen the ability to cope and survive in life are essential to mental well-being. These may include friends and family, nice hobbies, healthy eating, sleeping and exercise. They may also include nice creative things like writing poems, drawing, pondering or dancing; whichever feels like a suitable way to process things.
Your mental resources accumulate by taking care of your coping and doing things you like. Things that are important support you when bad things happen, making them not seem such devastating.
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