Living Well: Mental Wellbeing

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

Mental Wellness

Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for fewer problems; wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge; wish for more wisdom. Jim Rohn

Mental health is a state of being in which one's inner (mental and emotional) functions operate at their best. It's a state of psychological wellbeing that keeps your mind at ease. We term it mental wellness when people have outstanding mental health and optimal inner functioning.

This article outlines intellectual wellbeing and an approach to mental health as something that everyone should actively strive towards.

Mental health is a broad topic that affects one's overall quality of life. On the other side, mental illness results from a lack of mental wellbeing and the ability to cope with work and life-related stress. Mental wellness is an approach to mental health that is proactive.

In a scientific article called "Developing Intra-Personal Skills as a Proactive Way to Personal Sustainability - The Preventative Side of the Mental Health Equation," Dr. Helena Lass put forward the need for a proactive approach to mental health.

Mental illness results from failing to address a problem with our inner functioning in a timely manner. The lack of specific education – intrapersonal skills ('intra' meaning inside) – is essentially to blame.

Dr. Helena Lass turns the focus away from reactive problem-solving approaches and toward more proactive mental wellness education. People who are still healthy can learn new skills to avoid emotional distress from becoming mental illnesses.

Learning and practicing intrapersonal skills that enable you to be mentally healthy no matter where you are or what you do is the only area to fill the gap.

The proactive mental wellness strategy improves the quality of life. It reduces the risk of stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues, all of which have become epidemic in scope and have significant ramifications for businesses, families, and individuals.

What Are Intrapersonal Skills?

The word 'intra' signifies 'inside' or 'within.' In contrast to interpersonal communication, which entails communication with another person, intrapersonal communication entails communication with oneself. Self-awareness and control of your internal attitudes, dialogues, and processes are central to intrapersonal competencies. It refers to internal self-communication, which includes the thinking and feeling processes.

Intrapersonal skills are required for optimal control of our three subsystems: emotions, thoughts, and awareness. These three subsystems and the physical body must work in unison to produce a meaningful life, increase productivity, and foster happiness.

We can only assure long-term mental wellness and excellent mental health by developing and practicing intrapersonal skills every day. The first step in finding better balance and personal fulfillment in our lives, our job, and, most importantly, within ourselves is to distinguish what is essential from what is not.

Mental Wellness and Self-Knowledge

Intrapersonal skills are traits such as personality, attitudes, self-concept, and integrity that an individual possesses.

Self-management abilities are another name for intrapersonal skills. The maxim "When we know better, we do better" emphasizes the importance and significance of intrapersonal abilities.

To possess and perfect intrapersonal abilities, one must first understand oneself and develop a strong personality. The quality of interpersonal skills is determined by the intrapersonal skills that come before them.

The strengths we rely on to comprehend ourselves and others, to envision, plan, and solve issues are all within us. Motivation, determination, ethics, integrity, altruism, empathy, and perhaps even a sense of humor are all attributes found here. We would struggle to live a productive life without these inner resources. Knowing and regulating oneself has enormous power.

Conscious Awareness and Self-Management

Mental wellness can be compared to going to the gym when done proactively. We all know that going to the gym is vital for our physical health and overall wellbeing; thus, regular conscious awareness breaks, and the practice of directing our inner functions (emotions, thoughts, and focus) is also a good notion.

There's a lot of evidence that intrapersonal events directly impact the brain's function and structure. As a result, the ability to direct these processes can alter the human brain's circuitry and neurotransmitter activity.

It's just a matter of time before the detrimental automatic emotional-mental complexes are aroused, triggering a cascade of undesirable events, including irrational or destructive behavior unless people are taught how to exert conscious control over their emotions. People can develop a more sustainable manner of dealing with – and preventing – difficulties once they understand how their inner domain works.

Wellness is equated to good mental health. Intentional focus, embracing change and the unknown, initiative, creativity, inner motivation, insights, awareness of emotions, self-management, and more are all mental wellbeing. These are all distinct inner qualities that can be honed into specific skills through a well-designed curriculum.

This education will help us better understand ourselves and put us on the road to mental health. We can uncover latent potential and obtain a more profound understanding by using particular lessons to build our intrapersonal abilities.

Learning intrapersonal skills is similar to learning to read in that it provides access to a wealth of information and hence allows for the development of new knowledge and comprehension. Intrapersonal skills, in this sense, are the road to a successful job and life, but people are unaware of them since they are not taught in the current educational system - we are not taught how to be mentally fit.

Through learning intrapersonal skills, people will gain a deeper understanding of themselves. Once we first understand why we are the way we are, we can set forth a pathway towards better intellectual wellness.

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