Best Way to Build Mental Wellbeing
From eNewsletter 5/17/2021
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BEST WAY TO BUILD MENTAL WELLBEING
Steve and Bonnie: Now if we could only have studies like these every month!
Researchers publishing in Nature Human Behavior have conducted the largest ever mental wellbeing study from around the world to answer the question, 'What's the best way to build personal mental wellbeing?'.
The analysis included more than 50,000 participants. Researchers divided people into three main groups, those in generally good health, those with physical illness and those with mental illness.
They found it is possible to build the mental wellbeing of all individuals, but there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Hmm, where have you heard that phrase before ;)
During stressful and uncertain periods in our lives, pro-actively working on our mental health is crucial to help mitigate the risk of mental and physical illness.
Practicing mindfulness, using techniques such as meditation and conscious breathing, was found to be effective at increasing wellbeing across the three groups.
Positive psychological interventions, including working on your sense of purpose, performing small acts of kindness and keeping a gratitude journal were shown to be effective, when done in combination.
Cognitive behavioral therapy proved to be beneficial for many with mental illness, while acceptance and commitment therapy was most useful for those in generally good health.
The researchers noted something very important. Just trying something once or twice isn't enough to have a measurable impact. Regardless of what method people are trying out, they need to stick at it for weeks and months at a time for it to have a real effect.
Researchers believe these results highlight the need for a change of tactics in how society cares for people's wellbeing, whether they're living with a mental illness or not.