Proactive mental wellness & positive psychology
We all know that the absence of illness does not equate to optimal physical health. If we want to become healthier and fitter, we may consider our diet or engage in an exercise program. The same goes for our mental health. We shouldn’t just work on our mental wellness when we are struggling; we should also be proactive building our levels of wellness and resilience. A relatively new area of psychology known as ‘positive psychology’ studies these concepts, and refers to this proactive approach to mental health as moving from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’. According to Martin Seligman, the key to building positive mental health lies in PERMA: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Check the resources below to see how you can leverage off these concepts to optimise your mental wellness.