Did you know that only about one in 5 persons have optimal mental health?
By definition, mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
Based on a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, it is estimated that only about 17% (that is roughly one in 5 persons) of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health, 1999.)
What will you do to improve your mental health and your ability to cope with the normal stresses of life?
TIP 1: Prioritize: everything cannot be a priority. Your check-list should at most have only 3 items. Nothing more should come onto the checklist, unless one is completed and/or removed