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Overview of mental wellbeing

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Keeping mentally well all starts with taking care of yourself. Many things that stress your body can also drain you mentally. They can reduce your sense of satisfaction and leave you with a feeling that everything is too much hard work.

Start by making sure you're getting enough sleep, are eating and drinking well, and are physically active. Reducing the time you spend looking at screens will also help.

Just as your body needs nourishment to be healthy, your mind needs the right nourishment to be well. Looking after your mental wellbeing helps to make you more resilient and able to manage stress, improve your mood, and make you feel more satisfied with and enthusiastic about life.

Focusing on the three areas of self-esteem and self-belief, leisure and social connectedness, and meaning or spirituality can help to keep you mentally well.

On the next page: Self-esteem & self-belief

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by psychologist, Canterbury DHB Mental Health Services. Last reviewed October 2018.

See also:


All Right? wellbeing campaign

Helping myself with mental wellbeing

Reading in Mind book scheme


Workplace wellness

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Review key: HIMEN-176608