Mental fitness – children and young people

Updated: 20/02/18

We are all familiar with the term ‘physical fitness’, which relates to our physical health as well as our body’s ability to deal with physical challenges such as exercise.

But what about our  mental health, our ability to deal with challenges where we need mental fitness to deal with these.

Mental fitness can include:

  • Self-confidence
  • Commitment and ability to set goals
  • Motivation
  • Positive attitude and mindset
  • Ability to identify and deal with his/her emotions
  • Manages stress and anxiety well
  • Sense of responsibility
  • Being able to ask for help
  • Adaptable to different situations.

Mental fitness,

Here are some ideas to improve your mental fitness:

  • Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
  • Be active – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
  • Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
  • Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
  • Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.