Mental wellness is an interesting topic to talk about. On one hand, mental wellness refers to our ability to learn, grow from experience, have intellectual capacity, make vital decisions, and to be emotionally and mentally stable. On the other hand, there’s a negative social stigmaattached to mental illness, as well as a lack of knowledge in the world of mental illness. My guess is because there’s still a lot that we don’t understand about the how the brain works, and what mental illness really means.  We often see people who are mentally ill as out of control. Knowing individuals who have mental or emotional difficulties can make us feel afraid, uncomfortable or even helpless. Which can increase the incentives to stay away from the topic all together.

Because of that lack of knowledge I mentioned above, many people who do receive treatment from a psychiatrist or therapist keep it a secret. Sometimes, people are concerned that their friends, family and coworkers will think poorly of or judge them. People who are perceived as unstable or unreliable – a stereotype of people who seek therapy – risk losing their jobs, their friendships, and other relationships they value. As a result, many feel compelled to hide the fact that they’re struggling. Of course, that secrecy only increases that feeling of social isolation.  This social isolation is what makes talking about mental illness and wellness so important.

As we go through the 5 Areas of Personal Wellness, keep in mind that one area builds on another and that because they affect each other so closely, it’s really hard to separate them. Again, I’m going to share with you a checklist of some mental wellness symptoms. We’re looking at not just the absence of symptoms but at the deepest, most powerful, most fulfilled potential for all of us to live from. Even if you’re experiencing some of these symptoms at a low level, it’s important for you to pay attention.

Like we did with the first two lists of symptoms in our physical and emotional worlds, I ask you to go through this list and check off the symptoms that you deal with on a fairly regular basis, even if they come and go.  Check the symptoms so you can pay attention to taking care of yourself.

Once you have completed the checklist of symptoms, print out the Weekly Goal Sheet (watch the video for instructions) and create 3 simple goals that will support your mental wellness this week.

Also, we hope you’ll head over to Facebook and share your weekly goals so that we can support you in living YOUR BEST LIFE!

Mental Symptoms Identifying Lack of Mental Wellness:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Poor memory
  • A short attention span
  • Poor listening ability
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty in learning
  • Changes in an individuals analytical or processing capacity
  • Dullness of the mind
  • Lack of creativity
  • Difficulty in sitting quietly
  • Inability to confront difficult situations
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Hyperactivity
  • Symptoms of Spiritual Illness

Personal Wellness Goal Sheet

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