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”

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”

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”

Understanding Forgiveness

A little known practice, when we look at how to support and enhance our mental health, is forgiveness.  There is, at times, a lack of understanding of what forgiveness actually is.  This lack of understanding can impact our ability to support ourselves and others, and unfortunately lead to us holding onto the negative thoughts andContinue reading “Understanding Forgiveness”

Reflections #3

Authenticity It is a word that is thrown around so often and it is also one that I have been reflecting on quite frequently over the last month or so.  As with any reflection, I find myself asking many questions that swirl around my mind…….. How do we show our authenticity?  What does it lookContinue reading “Reflections #3”

Strengthening Connections

One thing that is really important when it comes to enhancing our mental health is often overlooked.  It is the connections (or relationships) that we have with others.  Strong connections give us the feeling of being supported……..safe.  They can form the foundation of our overall well being.  When we go through tough times, knowing thatContinue reading “Strengthening Connections”

Reflections #2

I was recently interviewed for a podcast called “Mind Matters Perspectives” (which can be found on all podcast sites and also on Instagram @mindmatters_thepodcast) and in one section I talked about trying to look at selfishness in a positive way. I have had questions recently about this and wanted to write about why I thinkContinue reading “Reflections #2”