Mental wellbeing is considered a state in which a person realises his or her abilities and can cope with the normal stresses of life. Mental wellbeing is more often considered to be an integral and essential component of health. And it is more than just the absence of mental disorders, disabilities or psychological problems.
Mental wellbeing is important to us and our ability to think, express our emotions and interact with others. Mental wellbeing is influenced by different factors such as stress related to work or family, physical health, emotional health and sleep quality.
Good mental wellbeing is considered when a person can feel confident in himself, build and maintain relationships, have a sense of purpose, live and work productively, cope with normal stresses and manage change.
Physical activity, managing stress, improving sleep quality and learning new skills are just some of the steps we may take to nurture our mental wellbeing.
Sleep quality has a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, including mood and physical health. Good sleep quality is defined by the following characteristics:
when you fall asleep soon after geting into bed;
when you sleep straight through the night;
when you fall back asleep within 20 min if you wake up;
when you feel well and energised waking up in the morning.
Sleep quality usually worsens because of the poor sleep habits, stress and anxiety, health conditions or sleep apnea. Regular poor sleep quality may cause serious health conditions such as obesity or heart disease. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, sleeping 7-9 hours per night, limiting caffeine and alcohol intake might help you to get better sleep quality.
Stress is the body’s response to changes in life. It may come from many sources, known as stressors. Stressors can be emotional or physical in nature. People experience stress on a daily basis from problems at work, relationship problems, financial issues, busy schedules or even the minor changes in a daily routine.
It is important to pay attention to the signs showing that your life comprises too much stress. The symptoms may be physiological and emotional, such as depression or anxiety, anger, irritability, lower interest in intimate life, feeling unmotivated or confused, problems with memory or concentration.