Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is important for people to have satisfying, productive lives. It is a personal state of positive health and quality of life that enables people to meet responsibilities, pursue ambitions and grow as individuals. Just as mental wellness encourages healthy functioning, healthy functioning allows maintenance of mental wellness.

 

Four Health Dimensions work to build resilience and maintain mental wellness through stress, adversity, illness and injury. How people function day to day can have a positive or negative impact on these. Understanding and attending to the needs of each health dimension is important to see choices clearly, make effective decisions, change unhelpful patterns and experience lasting wellness.

 Physical

Physical health protects from chronic health issues and imbalance in other dimensions. It entails attending to our bodies’ needs and keeping a balanced lifestyle. Ways to support Physical health include:  
  • Keep a balanced & nutritious diet
  • Engage in physical activity & exercise
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Seek medical help when needed

Cognitive

Cognitive health enables us to live productively and overcome challenges. It entails self-awareness, open-mindedness and effective problem solving. Ways to support Cognitive health include:  
  • Recognize unbalanced thought patterns
  • Consider the facts & alternatives
  • Pursue education & career goals
  • Plan and preparing for difficult situations

Emotional

Emotional health makes us more in-tune when handling difficult emotions and connecting with others. It entails awareness, expression and acceptance of our feelings. Ways to support Emotional health include:  
  • Be present & focused in the moment
  • Enjoy pleasant & meaningful activity
  • Develop effective coping skills
  • Practice non-judgement

Spiritual

Spiritual health nurtures self-esteem and the pursuit of rewarding experiences. It entails making decisions and acting in line with personal values and beliefs. Ways to support Spiritual health include:
  • Build connections with others
  • Support our communities & causes
  • Identify & keep personal boundaries
  • Be open-minded about experiences

The Health Dimensions are connected internally, with the human nervous system, as well as externally with our environments and interactions. When one dimension is negatively impacted the other dimensions find strategies to compensate. If the Health Dimensions are unable to effectively protect Mental Wellness, Health Imbalances can develop.

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Health Imbalances

Many different situations may lead to health imbalances, from significant life difficulties to seemingly mundane stress and lapses in self-care. Imbalances occur frequently in daily life, and all people being learning strategies to handle them from an early age.  Imbalances typically don’t become concerns until there are multiple occurring at the same time. Because health dimensions are connected, one health imbalance can lead to others, accumulating and eventually impacting mental wellness.

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Common Health Imbalances include:

  • Frequent lack of sleep, nutrition or exercise
  • Relationship conflict & strain
  • Loss & other difficult life events
  • Work, school or financial stress
  • Lack of social or professional support

Wellness Concerns

Much like when a cup spills over, imbalances that linger and accumulate eventually disrupt Mental Wellness. The resulting concerns occur gradually or suddenly, and if left unaddressed act as further imbalances. The concerns people experience can vary significantly, as do the strategies to address Health Imbalances and restore Mental Wellness.

 

Advanced skills are often required to address imbalances and concerns effectively. Innovative solutions can assist to mitigate or prevent future imbalances and concerns. Assistance to better understand difficulties and develop effective strategies enables people to maintain mental wellness and prevent future challenges from impacting quality of life.

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McColl Therapy offers comprehensive Occupational Therapy services for mental wellness and healthy functioning. Our approach balances evidence-based practices with your priorities, values and intentions. Through this personalized approach for well-being and activity, we assist to:
  • Develop strategies & resources
  • Overcome challenges & barriers
  • Apply knowledge, skills & strengths
  • Build independence & success

 Physical

Physical health protects from chronic health issues and imbalance in other dimensions. It entails attending to our bodies’ needs and keeping a balanced lifestyle. Ways to support Physical health include:  
  • Keep a balanced & nutritious diet
  • Engage in physical activity & exercise
  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Seek medical help when needed

Cognitive

Cognitive health enables us to live productively and overcome challenges. It entails self-awareness, open-mindedness and effective problem solving. Ways to support Cognitive health include:  
  • Recognize unbalanced thought patterns
  • Consider the facts & alternatives
  • Pursue education & career goals
  • Plan and preparing for difficult situations

Emotional

Emotional health makes us more in-tune when handling difficult emotions and connecting with others. It entails awareness, expression and acceptance of our feelings. Ways to support Emotional health include:  
  • Be present & focused in the moment
  • Enjoy pleasant & meaningful activity
  • Develop effective coping skills
  • Practice non-judgement

Spiritual

Spiritual health nurtures self-esteem and the pursuit of rewarding experiences. It entails making decisions and acting in line with personal values and beliefs. Ways to support Spiritual health include:
  • Build connections with others
  • Support our communities & causes
  • Identify & keep personal boundaries
  • Be open-minded about experiences

The Health Dimensions are connected internally, with the human nervous system, as well as externally with our environments and interactions. When one dimension is negatively impacted the other dimensions find strategies to compensate. If the Health Dimensions are unable to effectively protect Mental Wellness, Health Imbalances can develop.

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We Look Forward To Hearing From You. Give Us A Call With Any Questions Or To Book An Appointment.

780-965-9906

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We Will Get Back To You As Soon As Possible!

For more information to improve Mental Wellness:

 
  • Speak with a Health Link Registered Nurse by calling 8-1-1

  • Discuss concerns with your Doctor

  • For immediate help, call the Distress Line at 780-482-4357

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