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1 Objectives: Psychosocial Health
Define psychosocial health in terms of its mental, emotional, and social components, and identify the basics traits shared by psychosocially healthy people. Consider how each of the internal and external factors that influence psychosocial health may affect you. Discuss the positive steps you can take to enhance psychosocial health. Discuss the dimension of spirituality and the role that it plays in health and wellness. Discuss the mind/body connection and show how emotions influence health status.

2 Defining Psychosocial Health
The mental, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of health Basic elements of psychosocially healthy people: Feel good about themselves Feel comfortable around other people Can control tension and anxiety Can meet the demands of life Can curb hate and guilt Can maintain a positive outlook Enrich the lives of others Cherish the things that make them smile Value diversity Respect nature

3 Psychosocial Health Figure 2.1

4 Mental Health: The “Thinking” You
The “thinking” part of psychosocial health Includes: values, attitudes, and beliefs about your body, family, your relationships, and life in general

5 Emotional Health: The “Feeling” You
The “feeling” side of psychosocial health Emotions – intensified or complex patterns of feelings

6 Social Health: Interactions With Others
Social Health – includes your interactions with others Social Bonds – reflect level of closeness and attachment with others Social Support – network of people and services (both tangible and intangible)

7 Spiritual Health: An Inner Quest For Well-Being
Spirituality – refers to a belief in some unifying force that gives meaning to life Spirituality addresses four main themes: Interconnectedness- connect to self, others, and larger purpose Practice of mindfulness- being fully present in the moment Everyday life- develop to our fullest potential; Faith, hope, love Community- live in harmony

8 Four Major Themes Of Spirituality
Figure 2.3

9 Mindfulness Being fully present in the moment
Simply paying attention to what is happening Objective awareness Foundation of mindfulness: Non-judging Patience Beginner’s mind Trust Non-striving Acceptance Letting go

10 Practicing Mindfulness
Diaphragmatic breathing Mindful walking Mindful writing Mindful eating Mindful meditation Mindfulness in everyday tasks

11 Describe your experiences with mindfulness.
Journal Entry #9 Describe your experiences with mindfulness. How could practicing mindfulness improve your health?

12 Factors That Influence Psychosocial Health
External Factors The family The broader environment Social bonds Internal Factors Self-efficacy and Self-esteem Learned helplessness versus Learned optimism Personality Life span and Maturity

13 Enhancing Psychosocial Health
Build self-esteem and self-efficacy Find a support group Complete required tasks Form realistic expectations Make time for you Maintain physical health Seek help when necessary

14 The Mind-Body Connection
Happiness Subjective Well-Being Satisfaction with present life Relative presence of positive emotions Relative absence of negative emotions

15 Satisfaction with Life Scale
Figure 2.5

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