What is psychological health?

Psychological health is the effective functioning of the self, with others and the environment. It does not necessarily imply mental and psychological disorders. Mental disorders are severe conditions that hinder our ability to function properly across many relevant life domains. Poor psychological health usually leads to excessive dysfunctional emotions, lower relationship quality and counterproductive behaviours that over time makes one more susceptible to developing severe mental health conditions. Key components of healthy psychological functioning include self-awareness, a fluid but stable identity and the ability to cope with changing difficult life circumstances.

In the same way that maintaining regular physical exercise is essential for our physical and overall health. Maintaining a consistent psychological routine is also vital for overall health and mental functioning. The effective regulation of both physical and psychological health is essential for overall functioning as the negligence of one or the other is documented to directly influenced the development of almost all chronic and mental illnesses. However, while the physiology of all humans is designed practically the same way, no two individuals share the same psychology. This can give rise to a range of unexplained and often irrational behavioural symptoms that may seem counter-productive to goals, objectives and performance.

Performance is thereby strongly influenced by what makes us unique and different. To effectively perform is to effectively know oneself. The knowledge of who we are either as individuals or groups allow us to interact with ourselves, others and the environment in ways that promotes effective functioning and performance. While the minds of each person and group may be different, the below points may be general signs of poor psychological health and functioning.

Some general signs of poor psychological health

1- An unstable sense of self

Struggling to identify with who we authentically are can significantly affect our wellbeing. This can make it difficult to trust ourselves, opening up to others and embracing new challenges or situations. These are all factors necessary for personal growth and development that can provide new ways to approach and achieve relevant goals.

2- Poor emotional regulation

Difficulties regulating and accepting our emotions bring about issues related to connection. We may find it difficult connecting to goals that are most meaningful to us or in developing quality sustainable relationships. This may lead to romantic tensions or interpersonal difficulties at work.

3- Excessive rumination or worry

Excessive rumination over a specific event or outcome may keep us stuck in a state of rigidity. This can create an unhealthy tunnel vision approach to life or goals that prevents the ability to see different perspectives or alternatives. It limits the applicability of our talents in flexible ways that can produce optimal performance.

4- Difficulties with goal-attainment

Goal attainment is the process of achieving relevant goals. In most cases, goal attainment may only be an issue of concern in a specific situation or life area. For example, one could be a thriving professional in their field but have a turbulent personal life. In some cases, the problem usually has a long-existing history with multiple unsuccessful attempts to change. This can create a sense of unfulfillment and pressure.

5- Physical symptoms

As has been discussed earlier, negligence of either psychological or physical health usually leads to overall health complications. As such, poor psychological health may present itself as migraine, difficulties with sleep, bodily pains, physical injuries and increased susceptibility to long term physical illnesses. This severely impairs wellbeing and the ability to perform across all relevant life domains.

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