Did you know that mental health means a lot more than having a mental disorder or the absence of a mental disorder?

Mental health is an important and integral part of our general well-being – it is related to our thinking, feeling and relating to the world around us. Thus, mental health affects the way we experience ourselves, others, and the environment around us, which in turn affects our stress levels, decision making, and relationships with coworkers and other people.

Mental health is a state of well-being that enables us to cope with the stress of everyday life, realize our abilities and work productively.

Next, ask yourself if you know how you are doing mentally. Answer the following questions to find the answers:

* What would my loved ones say if they were asked how I am?

* How much time per week do I spend on work, entertainment, spending time with loved ones and my hobbies?

* Am I effective in time management?

* How effective am I in setting and meeting goals?

* What is my inner voice like? Can I reframe negative thoughts into positive ones?

* Can I encourage and recognize myself?

* Can I relax?

Often, it is the ability to plan time, or rather the lack of it, that is one of the major influences on mental well-being. Living in a constant time crunch increases stress levels. For example, spending long hours at work does not leave enough time for enjoyable activities or spending time with loved ones.

But how do we recognize when we have gone too far?

With the help of the following bulletpoints, you can assess whether you have all the signs of good mental health.

Signs of good mental health are:

* ability to communicate with people;

* the ability and desire for mutual relationships and the expression of personal feelings;

* the ability to learn, work, participate in social life and strive for success;

* making an effort to overcome difficulties;

* the ability to distinguish between one’s world of thought and external reality, even in difficult situations and under stress;

* social independence;

* individual creativity;

* mental flexibility, the ability to protect oneself from harmful factors even in difficult conditions.

What do you think? Are all the signs of good mental health present? If you feel that you could not answer all the points positively, it may not be a mental health problem.

Read below when it is a mental health problem.

Mental health issues

If a person feels sad, is it a passing mood or a disorder? A mental disorder means that negative or disturbing feelings and corresponding behavior do not go away, but begin to interfere with coping with everyday life. Then it is necessary to seek help from either a psychiatrist or a family doctor.

A longer period of sadness can occur during the dark winter period. It is very common for people to feel sad in late autumn and get rid of this feeling in spring or early summer. It is a seasonal mood disorder, or “winter depression”.

In the next blog post, you will find out what “winter depression” means, whether it is a mental health disorder and how to overcome it.

Finally, keep in mind:

* Take care of your mental health as you do your physical health.

* Good mental health does not mean that we never experience sadness, worry, anger or hopelessness. We all experience different feelings – sometimes they are positive, sometimes they are negative.

* Mental health problems are not anyone’s fault.