Positive Mental Health

What is positive mental health?

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Having positive mental health means more than not having a mental health problem or illness—it includes many things that help us to live well and cope with the challenges we experience throughout our lives.

Having positive mental health means a person feels most of these signs most of the time:

  • Life and personal decisions
  • Being able to cope with stress and hard times.
  • Being able to focus at work, school, and social gatherings
  • Having a positive outlook on life and the events that happen.
  • Feeling hopeful that good things can and do happen in life.
  • Feeling physically healthy.
  • Getting enough sleep.
  • Feeling a sense of belonging to your community.

When a person is resilient, they are more likely to experience positive mental health. Some signs of resilience are:

  • Being able to learn new skills, ideas and concepts
  • Being able to adapt to change and new situations
  • Having a positive attitude about yourself—healthy self-esteem. Your most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.
  • Having confidence when dealing with conflict
  • Having personal support from family and friends
  • Getting involved with the community—volunteering with a local group, taking part in a program, meeting new people, sharing strengths and skills

Self-care helps us get through challenging times and can reduce stress. Here are some healthy ways to take care of your mental health:

  • Go for a walk and enjoy the scenery and fresh air
  • Sit and relax—enjoy a cup of tea, read a book, listen to music
  • Watch a movie
  • Do some physical activity—working out, running, hiking—and encourage others to join you.Exercise boosts you and your mood and helps keep your body and mind healthy.
  • Do an activity with friends or family. Play your favourite games, share stories, laugh together, and enjoy each other’s company. Positive relationships support our mental wellness.
  • Talk with a friend or family member
  • Do an activity you enjoy—sewing, writing, carving, cooking, crafting, fishing, hunting
  • Get enough sleep 
  • Eat country food and healthy store bought foods
  • Make and eat a Healthy meal 
  • Check things off of your to-do-list, such as cleaning the kitchen, paying bills, or catch up with a friend you haven't seen in a while. Completing tasks that we've been putting off can reduce stress,