Mental wellness is a process that involves finding balance in life, including your social, intellectual, physical (diet, exercise, medication management, substance use), spiritual, economic and mental ways of being. Mental wellness is not correlated with mental illness; people with mental illness can be mentally well, and people without a diagnosis of a mental illness can be mentally unwell. Maintaining mental wellness requires regular check-ins to assess and adjust various demands and stresses of everyday life, balancing them with activities and experiences that bring joy and healing.
Mental wellness looks different for everyone. You can think about it as finding a way of being that lets you be your best self. That might involve a dynamic, active life and energy, or it might look like a calm, subdued way of being. There’s no universal formula for mental wellness – you get to define your own experience.