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Lincoln – January's Mental Wellness Month highlights the importance of integrating both emotional and physical health.
“Mental wellness involves being able to cope effectively with the difficulties of life, having an awareness of your own abilities and opportunities, and having healthy relationships with yourself and others," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at DHHS. “The key to mental wellness is being proactive and taking care of our mental well-being before issues arise. By focusing on improving mental wellness and building resiliency, you can overcome the hurdles of life and thrive. It is always a good time to work on mental wellness. Identify one small step you can take to improve and stick with it. People with healthy emotional wellness are confident, have control over their feelings and behavior, and have good coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult situations."
Mental health is affected by many things, such as work, school, relationships, financial problems, and excessive stress. Physical factors like illness can make you susceptible to mental wellness issues. You may be new to working on mental wellness. There are eight areas to consider that impact your overall wellness. Select one area and take a step toward improvement every day.
Eight areas of wellness:
Tips to enhance mental wellness:
Need to talk or get immediate help in a crisis? Help is available. If you or a loved one need assistance, please reach out to: