Psychological Health

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  • September 2, 2014

PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLNESS IS:

· Knowing yourself: knowing what your real needs are and how to get them met

· Expressing yourself assertively, and not passively or aggressively

· Keeping your body healthy by ensuring adequate nutrition, exercise, rest and physical awareness of when your body is out of balance

· Engaging in an ongoing process of exploring and clarifying your values

· Having the courage to live with integrity: acting in accordance with you deepest values

· Being engaged in projects or work that is meaningful to you and reflects your innermost values

· Knowing how to create and cultivate emotionally intimate and satisfying relationships with others

· Responding to challenges in life as opportunities to learn and grow in strength and maturity, rather than feeling like a victim who is beset by life’s problems

· Actively working to create the life you want, rather than just reacting to what seems to happen to you

· Addressing troublesome physical and psychological symptoms in ways that bring improvement in your condition as well as increased knowledge about yourself

· Enjoying a basic sense of well being and self-confidence even through times of adversity · Knowing your own inner patterns – emotional, cognitive, relational, and physical – and understanding the signals that arise when you choose unhealthy patterns

· Trusting that your own personal resources are your greatest strength for living and growing

· Knowing that you are part of something greater and not separate from other people, the earth, and divinity

· Experiencing your life as a gift and not as a burden

· Experiencing yourself as a person of great value, as being loving and worthy of love.

Shirley Vandersteen, Ph. D., R. Psych.
Consulting Psychologist