3 What is Mental and Emotional Health? The ability to accept yourself and others, express and manage emotions, and deal with the demands and challenges you meet in your life.Helps you function effectively each day and is a part of your total healthEveryone has ups and downs in their lives. It’s normal, particularly with teens since they are adapting to many changes in their lives.
4 The Importance of Mental and Emotional Health Mentally healthy people are generally happy and enjoy their livesThey feel confident and comfortable spending time alone and with othersThey’re flexible and can cope with a wide variety of feelings and situationsGood mental health influences your physical and social health
5 Characteristics of Good Mental and Emotional Health Sense of BelongingSense of PurposePositive OutlookSelf-SufficiencyHealthy Self-EsteemPeople who handle stress in positive ways are resilient (ability to adapt effectively and recover from disappointment, difficulty, or crisis)
6 Self-EsteemHow much you value, respect and feel confident about yourselfDeveloping self-esteem influences characteristics of good mental healthIt affects overall attitude and health choices you makeTrying new challenges can raise your sense of competence (having enough skills to do something)
7 How You Develop Self-Esteem It increases when praised for mastering a task or reassured when you do not, when you believe you can succeed, or master new challengesHow you react emotionally can affect self-esteemSelf-talk (encouragement or criticism you give yourself) can affect self-esteemUse positive self-talk instead of having negative thoughts
8 Benefits of Healthy Self-Esteem Helps you feel proud of yourself, abilities and skillsBelieve setbacks are temporaryConfidence to confront challenges and overcome themGives confidence to try new thingsKnow that they may not be good at some tasks as they are with othersDon’t see themselves as a failure if they don’t succeed at something
9 Improving Your Self-Esteem Avoid criticizing yourself and spending time with people who doSet realistic expectations and don’t expect everything to be perfectChoose friends who value and respect youFocus on positive aspects about yourselfReplace negative self-talk with supportive self-talkWork toward accomplishments rather than perfection
10 Improving Your Self Esteem Consider mistakes learning opportunitiesTry new activities to discover talentsWrite down your goals and steps you’ll take to achieve themExercise regularly to feel more energizedVolunteer your time to help someoneAccept the things you can’t change and focus on your energy on changing the things you can
11 Developing Self-Awareness As infants we rely on others to meet our basic needs (food, clothing, physical safety, comfort, shelter)Psychologist Abraham Maslow created a theory that explains human development and motivationHeiarchy of needs= a ranked list of those needs essential to human growth and development, presented in ascending order, starting with the basic needs and building toward the need to reach your highest potential.
12 Developing Self-Awareness Need to satisfy basic needsNeed to be secure from dangerNeed to love and be loved, need to belongNeed to achieve, need to be recognizedNeed for self-actualization (striving to be the best you can be)
13 Developing Self-Awareness you need to learn how to meet these needs in healthy waysAs self-awareness grows, you begin to take more control of you personal growthReaching out to others can help you develop deeper relationships and a stronger support group
14 Journal EntryUsing Maslow’s model, evaluate your personal development. What needs are you focused on now? How are you meeting those needs? How can you go about achieving the needs you have not reached yet?