Self Care

General well being

Mental health experts advocate wellbeing as a way of improving our lives. Wellbeing helps us stay resilient, build social support and self-efficacy, and cope with adversity. It is a heightened state that’s beyond just feeling happy or having good health. It’s a condition of flourishing, where we thrive in many aspects of our lives.

Wellbeing isn’t as straightforward as just being happy. Wellbeing looks at lots of different elements that make us complex humans tick. It considers how we: - cultivate meaning and good relationships - use our strengths - contribute to a ‘greater’ cause - find pleasure in losing ourselves in things we find challenging and enjoyable. Wellbeing also explores the deep satisfaction we find in our social connections and in accomplishing things. Humans inherently want meaning and purpose in life. One way to achieve meaning and purpose is being a part of something greater than yourself.

Wellbeing helps us:
  • stay resilient when times get tough.
  • build social supports and self-efficacy and
  • emerge from our challenges even stronger, knowing we have the ability to cope with adversity.

A strong sense of wellbeing contributes to good mental health. It also helps to protect us from feelings of hopelessness and depression, acting as a ‘guardian’ of our mental health. Mental health is not merely the absence of mental illness rather it’s a state of overall wellbeing.

Have a conversation

We all have good days and bad days. Th.en there are those days when something isn't quite right, you've got something on your mind, or things just seem too much. Whatever it may be, sharing the load with someone else can really help.

So, no matter who you are, or how you're feeling, you can talk it through with someone or a peer who can point you in the right direction so you can seek further support.

The best approach to care is to seek help from experts. If you think you have symptoms of anxiety and or depression, be kind to yourself. Remember that you are not defined by your mental illness. You are not weak. You are not inferior. You just have a mental health condition.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Talk to friends and family about how you are feeling or consider joining a support group.
  • Take care of your physical health. Grieving can be exhausting, so it's important to eat a healthy diet, exercise and sleep.
  • Manage stress – lighten your load by asking friends, family members or work colleagues to help you with some chores or commitments. Relaxation and gentle exercise can be helpful.
  • Do things you enjoy, even if you don’t really feel like doing them.
  • Remember Mental illness may not just go away: seek help!

Notes for Parents and guardians as caretakers

It’s common for people not to discuss mental health conditions with family members or friends. There is even more stigma around mental health in cultures where health issues of any type are not discussed with members of the immediate or extended family and certainly not with friends especially in a developing country like Nepal.

Negative views or stigma about mental health are often due to misunderstandings, cultural beliefs, misconceptions and/or lack of knowledge about mental health conditions and the associated signs and symptoms. Understanding that mental health problems is common problem and anyone can get it is already a big step forward.

A conversation can make a difference in helping someone feel less alone and more supported in recovering from anxiety and depression. Don’t underestimate the importance of just ‘being there’.

Raising the subject with the person you care about may take some planning and thought. Consider the following:
  • When is the person most likely to be attentive?
  • Where is he or she most comfortable and at ease?
  • Where is there a place you both feel safe and will not be interrupted?

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