And I am Thankful for…….

Sitting here in a food coma, but think I did pretty good in the diet arena.  It took a bit of planning, but since I did the cooking, it was up to me to make it low points and taste good!  I am such a cook too ( not so much), but I wanted to see if a good Thanksgiving could be done in moderation. (Had to look that word up as it doesn’t hang around much in my vocabulary!) I need to be watchful because my trip I just took to Palm Springs, (thanks to J Brasch Group– my new job) gave me a souvenir that I wasn’t overly pleased with– 4 pounds!!! That has to go –so back in the saddle!!

My blog that is dated July 17, started me on my latest project– ME and like most projects, I find it is at best, a work in progress with ups and downs and slow progress at times– even needing to make a mark in the proverbial sand to see any progress at all!  At least, so far I have not marked any big regressions– just a tiny slip or two. Well, the 4 pounds are a pretty significant regression!!  

Thanksgiving seems to be an excellent time to segueway into the last of the divisions I planned to explore as I work on my project> the psychosocial.  The psychosocial approach looks at individuals in the context of the combined influence that psychological factors and the surrounding social environment have on their physical and mental wellness and their ability to function. This concept of psychosocial health, a state of mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, deserves a better look and there’s plenty of proof that a healthy mind and a content heart are very important for the prevention of diseases and their treatment. Now individuals who are deemed to be psychosocially healthy aren’t completely devoid of problems. Actually, it’s not the quantity or quality of a problem, or lack thereof, which makes someone sound in this respect. It’s the way people view themselves and how they deal with stressful situations that sets psychosocially healthy people apart from those who are not. Here are just a few traits shared by these robust individuals. They:

  • Like themselves
  • Accept their mistakes
  • Take care of themselves
  • Have empathy for others
  • Control their anger, hate, tension, and anxiety
  • Are optimistic
  • Can work alone and with others equally well

The thinking portion of psychosocial health is known as mental health. Your beliefs and values in life, as well as how you relate to others and respond to situations in your life, are a reflection of mental health, which overlaps with the other aspect of health we’re going to talk about. When something happens to you that you don’t like and you respond in a positive manner by accepting your mistake and looking forward to its correction, then that’s good. But if you show up late for work yet again, get fired, and then blame anyone but yourself, then that may be an indicator of less than ideal mental health.

The feeling part of psychosocial health is called emotional health. This includes things like anger, love, hate, and happiness. Oftentimes, emotional and mental health overlap a great deal in some situations. Going back to the example of getting fired from work because you came in late for the umpteenth time, if you feel a bit down, but still have high hopes for the future, that’s a positive thing. But if you lash out in a blinding rage against your boss, sulk when you go home, and avoid everyone thereafter, then that may point to improper emotional health. Furthermore, it’s not unexpected even for an emotionally healthy person to experience some sadness after getting fired; that by itself isn’t conclusive of poor emotional health. Everyone, even the most optimistic people, have their ups and downs. But an emotionally unhealthy person is one that responds to a situation in a manner that is uncontrollable, out of proportion, and extreme.

Emotional intelligence is also an important thing to note here. It is an ability to understand and manage your emotions and those of others. It can be broken up into five main parts:

  • Know your emotions: Are you able to quickly recognize your feelings?
  • Manage your emotions: Can you express those feelings appropriately? Are you able to cope with them well?
  • Motivate yourself: The more you can do this independently in order to achieve more in your life, the higher your emotional intelligence.
  • Recognize the emotions of others: The more you can empathize with others, the better.
  • Handle your relationships: The better you are at navigating conflict in life and building a good social network, the higher your emotional intelligence.

That last part, relationships, is a good way to also introduce social health, the ability to create and maintain healthy relationships with others. This is strongly  related to the concepts in emotional health. Everything here is related because they are all part of the one overarching concept psychosocial health.

Social health goes beyond having appropriate emotional health and intelligence. A person with good social health:

  • Recognizes the importance of social engagement. We’re pack animals after all! We’re not supposed to live alone!
  • A person with good social health is able to support their friends in a time of need and ask for their help when they need it themselves.
  • They aren’t biased, prejudiced, racist, or sexist.
  • Listens to others well, expresses their feelings just as well, and acts in a responsible manner around others.

An example of a person with good social health is someone who has close friends that they enjoy listening to and feels close enough to share important feelings with. The flipside is a grouch who lives alone and shoos people away from his territory with a shotgun.

Although I would like to take full credit for all of this “wisdom”, I have taken exerpts from a web site: entitled What is Psychosocial Health?– Definition, Components & Traits.

As I bring this to a close, I decided to take a good look at my blessings and found them bountiful– good health, great family, good relationship with my X and his family, terrific friends, exciting new job, and the list continues. I do recognize some areas that I need to work on and will continue to do so as I progress through my journey working on my project. Hope your holiday was wonderful!!

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