The pathways to positive mental health and wellbeing can often be prescriptive; we are given advice and recommendations for how we can make life feel more the way we want it to. Standardised regimes of exercise, good diet and positive thinking, for example, can instill a feeling of failure for those for whom the prescription doesn’t work. We are all different and the routes to mental health and wellbeing are idiosyncratic and will vary depending on our own specific situations. This talk highlights the importance of understanding our own unique personal goals, in which positive wellbeing and mental health is achieved through being able to balance a range of competing demands and priorities. To do that, we need to develop greater awareness of ourselves and what is important to us. This talk will focus on how, in difficult situations, we can mobilise our awareness of what we want in order to better generate novel solutions to the challenges we meet in our lives. The things that help us achieve greater wellbeing tend to be the things that grant us more control over our lives. This talk also provides an overview of some of the available tools, including smart phone apps, aimed at helping to increase our awareness of what we want in order to regain control and make life feel more the way we want it to be.
By the end of this webinar, participants will have had the opportunity to: