The two sides of your Wellbeing Coin

Did you know that you have a Wellbeing coin?

Like every proverbial coin, there are two sides to it: one which is proactive, and the other which is reactive.

The ‘proactive’ side we can call Mental Fitness.

This is the side that we can (and should try to) work on and invest in whenever we are able to. Mental Fitness looks and feels different for each of us – it might include meditation, physical exercise, creative engagement, journalling, a healthy diet and sleep patterns (and an almost infinite list of others).

It is worth our while to develop skills in this area – exploring what works for us as we go – as this increase our capacity to grow and flourish in better times and to manage and cope in tricker ones (this increases an internal resource often called Resilience, which I have spoken about previously).

  • Remember: improving our Mental Fitness does more than help us deal with seasons of struggle – it also means we are more likely to recognise and begin to engage with our real potential.

The ‘reactive’ side of the coin we can call Mental Health Care.

This is the side that we need to pay particular attention to during those times of difficulty. Like Mental Fitness, Mental Health Care will look and feel different to each of us – it might include interventions such as medical or therapeutic care, some form of First Aid For Mental Health (again I have mentioned this elsewhere), and/or recognising the need to stop an activity or change how we are approaching it.

To be fully healthy, it is worth investing in both sides of your coin – perhaps take a moment today to (re)think how you are doing in terms of your Mental Fitness and Health Care.

Those of us who have some position of care and responsibility for others (colleagues, family, friends, employees…) would also do well to reflect on how we can best support others to create and sustain healthy relationships with each side of their wellbeing coin. This is why I offer both individuals and organisations advice and training on both side – whether through coaching, wellbeing practices and/or via the accredited First Aid for Mental Health courses I run.

If you want to know more about any of the above, please get in touch!

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