Find balance

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In today’s fast-paced world, most people know that maintaining a balanced life can be difficult but that balance is important for sustaining good health.

Perceptions about health are changing. The World Health Organization now defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being,” not merely “the absence of disease or infirmity.” Within this context, fostering our mental health every day—not just when we are feeling pressured or unwell—is an important factor in our overall well-being.

Characteristics of good mental health include:

The ability to enjoy life

Enjoying life can come from simple things such as focusing on the positive aspects of life and accepting that some things can’t be changed.


Life can be full of tough times. One simple way to build resilience is to encourage yourself and others to learn from difficult times.


A balanced life usually comes from a realization that there are many facets to life that are important and deserve attention.


Make a plan to use your best abilities to enhance your life. Above all, value yourself and believe you’re worth caring for, and then model this behaviour.


Flexibility comes from a sense that change is a fact of life. Accepting other points of view helps one adapt and make the most of life.

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The Canadian Mental Health Association wants to empower people to live with better mental health and break the stigma of mental illness.

Its plan is to change the face of mental illness. To do this, it needs support in the form of donations. Donations make a significant difference in sustaining core programs, enhancing specialized supports and developing mental health innovations at CMHA.

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