May is National Mental Health Month

How’s Your Mental Health?

Odd question?  But an important part of your overall health and well being. Each one of us is unique. Every person sees and relates to the world differently and for this reason, what is emotionally healthy includes a wide range of possibilities. Generally speaking, however, people who are able to be successful in their own lives tend to share the following traits.

Do you value yourself? While all of us enjoy being praised on occasion, people with a good sense of self-esteem know their own value and don't always rely on others to tell them they're worthwhile.

Life's Challenges
Are you able to "roll with the punches?"  Emotionally fit people are able to handle challenges at each stage of life, even though they might be temporarily put off by them.

Are you flexible or do you always have to be right? Successful people are able to make mistakes, accept them as mistakes and not moral failings, and admit them readily.

Realistic Expectations
Do you expect too much of yourself or of others?  While emotionally fit people can and do set goals, they are realistic about what they can accomplish and aren't afraid to redefine their goals when it's clear the expectation is too great.

Accept Responsibility
Can you accept responsibility for what you do or the choices you make? While its human nature to make excuses once in a while, successful people are able to accept responsibility for themselves and their actions. At the same time, they refrain from denying responsibility or blaming others.

Not Afraid to Get Advice
Can you ask for advice? Sometimes it's hard for us to admit that we can't solve a problem ourselves, but emotionally fit individuals ask for and get help if they need it. That's how they struggle and learn to be successful.

More Questions About Mental Health?
The HealthQuest Employee Assistance Program has been helping employees deal with mental health questions for more than 25 years.  Chances are if you have a question about the stress in your life they can help.  Please call confidentially at 1-888-275-1205, option 7, for around-the-clock assistance.