Wellness means overall well-being and includes the mental, emotional, physical, occupational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a person’s life. It can improve quality of life and increase years of life, especially for people with behavioral health conditions.

Positive mental health allows people to:

  1. Realize their full potential
  2. Cope with the stresses of life
  3. Work productively
  4. Make meaningful contributions to their communities

Ways to Maintain Positive Mental Health

  • Getting professional help if you need it
  • Connecting with others
  • Taking time for yourself
  • Getting physically active
  • Finding purpose and meaning
  • Eating well
  • Staying positive
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Helping others or volunteering
  • Relaxing, meditating, or practicing mindfulness
  • Developing coping skills such as:
    • Friendship
    • Meditation and relaxation
    • Physical activity
    • Reading
    • Humor
    • Hobbies
    • Spirituality
    • Pets
    • Sleeping
    • Nutrition

Good mental health

Good mental health is a state of well-being where you feel able to work and study, feel connected to others, be involved in activities, and “bounce back” when life’s challenges come along.

For additional information and resources, please visit mentalhealth.gov, or the Mississippi Department of Mental Health.