Let’s talk about mental health and wellbeing

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Mental health is so much more than an absence of mental disorders or illness.

The World Health Organisation defines mental health as “as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

Mental health is not black and white. It’s a continuum as psychotherapist Keith Tudor illustrated way back in 1996.  It is possible to live with mental illness and yet experience positive levels of mental health and wellbeing just as you may not have a diagnosable mental illness yet still experience low levels of mental wellbeing. And then there’s everything in between.

I’m not a psychologist. I’m not a doctor. I have some understanding of acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness. I am a certified laughter yoga leader.

I laugh. Often for no funny reason. Even when I’ve seemingly no reason to laugh.

  • Simulated laughter exercises are proven to elevate mood and nurture positive thoughts.
  • Laughter yoga puts thoughts on hold while you exercise in the here and now.
  • The simulated laughter exercises quickly become true laughter – and that’s a beautiful feel-good sensation.

There’s enormous scope for laughter yoga and laughter meditation in mental health settings and in community support groups working with people striving for improved psychological well-being.

(c) Heather Grant-Campbell aka Heather Joy

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