Enhancing our social health

Our social health is another one of the dimensions of health that work together to support our overall wellbeing.  This dimension is actually one of the three pillars of the World Health Organisation’s definition of health that was constructed all the way back in 1948, and has stayed as a key dimension of health today.Continue reading “Enhancing our social health”

What is intellectual health?

A dimension of health that is very rarely talked about, but no less important to our overall wellbeing, is our intellectual health.  This dimension of health is not just about academia or how “smart” we believe someone is.  It is multifaceted.   Our intellectual health refers to:  our ability to expand our own knowledge, skills andContinue reading “What is intellectual health?”

The link between physical & mental health.

The wholistic approach to our health has us look at how all of our dimensions of health (also known as wellness) interrelate – that is how each dimension impacts on all of the others. More detail in this previous post: The importance of mental health. Over the next few months the focus will be onContinue reading “The link between physical & mental health.”

Reframe your thinking

You’re not good enough, why would you even try?  I failed that test today, I’m a failure at everything.  I can’t find a partner, I’m probably going to be alone forever.  Have you ever gone down this spiral of negative thoughts?  Found it hard to redirect your thinking?  No matter how your life is going,Continue reading “Reframe your thinking”

Reflections #6

Change The beginning of a year can be a catalyst for new intentions, for conscious decisions around what it is in our lives that we would like to change.  These changes can seem small (cutting back on caffeine – though I’ll be honest, that’s a big one for me) or even sometimes quite large (newContinue reading “Reflections #6”

Reflections #5

Finding your worth Self-worth.  It is how we value ourselves, whether we feel that we are deserving of respect and love.  It is one of the most vital aspects of us as individuals.  Our self-worth links closely with the other “self” words; self-esteem, self-concept and self-confidence.  Though in my opinion, our self-worth plays such aContinue reading “Reflections #5”

Sense of Belonging

The last two posts here on You Matter Too were about strengthening connections and having a strong support network.  These all enhance our ability to feel like we belong.  A sense of belonging is another key component of our overall health and well-being.   A sense of belonging is a feeling that you are accepted, supportedContinue reading “Sense of Belonging”

Support Networks

Previously, I have talked about the connections we develop with each other and how that can enhance and support our mental health (Strengthening Connections). From strengthening these connections, we can develop a strong support network. A support network can simply be defined as people in your life that can help you.  These are people thatContinue reading “Support Networks”

Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths

To empower someone is to give them the means to achieve something Collins Dictionary This month, we turn our focus towards aspects and actions that we can take to empower ourselves on our mental health journey.  This can be done in so many different ways and, just like with the practices we can put inContinue reading “Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths”

Reflections #4

Forgiveness My recent post on how a practice of forgiveness can help enhance our mental health brought up many different feelings for me.  I am an educator. I teach about the benefits and the true meaning of forgiveness, yet it is still something I tend to have a love/hate relationship with.  A reminder……Forgiveness is somethingContinue reading “Reflections #4”