Preventative Tips for Positive Mental Health
- Making time to do the things we enjoy.
- Taking moderate physical exercise.
- Cutting down on coffee, alcohol, nicotine and other addictive substance.
- Celebrating the things we like about ourselves.
- Keeping things in perspective.
- Developing and sustaining friendships.
- Listening to and respecting other people, even if we disagree.
- Asking for help if we feel distressed or upset.
- Listening to others who feel distressed or upset.
- Taking care of ourselves as well as we do others.
Positive Mental Well Being
Valuable health information encourages a lifestyle that will promote health of body, mind and spirit. Positive mental wellbeing includes:
- A positive view of self: self-awareness, self-esteem, and self- acceptance.
- Personal growth and development: developing talents and abilities to their full potential.
- Autonomy: being capable of independent action.
- Accurate view of reality: not distorting the world in any way.
- Positive friendships: the ability to build relationships of many varieties.
- Environmental mastery: meeting the requirements of the many different situations encountered in everyday life.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
“The condition of the mind affects the health of the physical system. If the mind is free and happy, from a consciousness of rightdoing and a sense of satisfaction in causing happiness to others, it creates a cheerfulness that will react upon the whole system, causing a freer circulation of the blood and a toning up of the entire body. The blessing of God is a healing power, and those who are abundant in benefiting others will realize that wondrous blessing in both heart and life” (Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church, p. 216).
Global Health Figures
- Two out of every five deaths of both women and men in Africa are still caused by infectious and parasitic diseases.
- Women are more likely than men to die from cardiovascular diseases, especially in Europe.
- Breast cancer among women and lung cancer among men top the list of new cancer cases globally.
- Women constitute the majority of HIV-Hpositive adults in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and the Middle East.
- The vast majority of the over half a million maternal deaths in 2005 occurred in developing countries.
- The proportion of pregnant women receiving prenatal care is on the rise in many regions.
- Despite intensified efforts for reduction, Africa remains the region with the highest child mortality.
- Data reveal no significant disparity in the proportion of underweight girls and boys.