Mental wellness is a positive state of mental health. It is more than the absence of mental illness. Being mentally well means that your mind is in order and functioning in your best interest. We had a chance to get a mental wellness check in from Dr Nyarai Paweni. She shares important aspects of mental wellness and what they mean to her. She also speaks with us about how taking care of our mental wellness should become an integral part of our lifestyle and not a habit we engage in on occasion. Read on and learn more from the good doctor herself.
Mental wellness is when you think, feel, and act in ways that create a positive impact on your overall health – physical as well as your emotional and social well-being.
For me personally, mental wellness means having a balanced body-mind-spirit connection. You’re able to cope with every-day stressors effectively and participate. However, it doesn’t mean you don’t have or never have any low/blue days or that you don’t experience anxiety or sadness. Mental wellness is taking each moment, each day and working through the challenges as best you can. So, when we’re mentally well, we have a sense of happiness, sense of meaning to our life, purpose, control of our thoughts and feelings and satisfaction with our life, our goals…
Mental health enhances our physical health as much as physical health supports mental health and promotes recovery from illness when we are sick or under the weather. Mental wellness is essential in helping us “cope with life’s stresses. It enables us to reach our goals and get the best out of life. Mental wellness is very closely related to how we feel, think and act and encourages us to make healthy choices. Mental wellness is critical at every stage of life.
Mental wellness tips should actually be incorporated in one’s daily living to support mental wellbeing regularly. So, it becomes a lifestyle – whether it’s meditation, deep belly breathing, exercising, getting enough rest, finding your purpose and following it or figuring out ways to manage stress. It’s best to do a little each day than to wait until you’re in a crisis and then trying to cram it all in…
We need to be observant and to check on others. We just need to be more aware and notice any changes in those around us and ask if they are ok. Remember early intervention goes a long way. We need to normalize the notice that it’s ok not to be “Superman/woman” – it’s ok to not be ok and to vocalize this to others you feel safe to do so with. Sharing feelings and stories helps us think through whatever we may be going through. Ideally, we need to feel comfortable seeking professional help should we need it, be it a counselor, psychologist or therapist without feeling a sense of shame/concern. Thankfully, there are now more spaces and resources that are speaking up about the importance of mental health and we need to continue to support these initiatives financially, legislatively and socially.
We hope that after reading this you will have learned and gained a new appreciation for mental wellness and it’s importance. Let’s take time to take care of ourselves to ensure that we can live our best lives.
Dr Nyarai Paweni is founder of Sage ReStorative Health – a holistic/natural health practice grounded in natural and integrative medicine . In addition to her naturopathic practice – she is co-founder of WIRED 2 love & thrive a mental wellness initiative that facilitates authentic, relevant and non-judgmental on and off-line interactions that promote mental, spiritual and emotional well-being with an African sensitivity. We believe everyone has an authentic voice and story to tell and by sharing your story – you make a difference for yourself and others.
Dr Nyarai Paweni –WIRED 2 love & thrive & Sage ReStorative Health
By: Nyaradzo Ngoma