Mental Health Myth Busting

In Partnership with FIKAon 17 January 2020
Meditating on the lakeside.

Used by students across the UK, Fika is an emotional fitness app, who help you improve your wellbeing and resilience with 5-minute emotional workouts that draw on scientific evidence.

January can be a tough month for so many reasons, whether it’s the depressing weather or the added workload, so taking care of your mental wellbeing is of upmost importance.

We've partnered with the wellbeing app Fika, who have prepared some great insights to keep you aware of what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to mental health. 

1. Mental Health is Not The Same as Mental Illness.

They fall on two separate continuums. For example, it is possible to live with a mental illness but also have good mental health. However, when many people talk about mental health what they’re actually referring to is mental illness. 

2. We've Come A Long Way But There's Still A Way To Go

It may seem obvious, but many of us could actually do with some education when it comes to developing our positive mental health. In a recent survey, only 13% of people reported living with high levels of positive mental health. And 96% of students said that universities should offer emotional education. 

3. You Shouldn’t Assume That Your Mental Health Will Take Care of Itself.

In fact, if you don’t, you’re at risk of languishing. You can train your mental health the same as you do your physical health. According to research, 40% of our happiness is dependent on the way that we think about things, and the things that we do on a regular basis. 

4. You Don’t Have To Spend Endless Hours Working On Your Mental Health.

Short-sharp exercises can be really powerful. In fact, research has found that writing down just ‘three good things’ that happened each day for a week significantly reduced depression and improved happiness for up to six months afterwards.

5. Surrounding Yourself With Good People Is Highly Recommended

Your mental health does affect the mental health of those around you. Interestingly, if you live within a mile of a friend who becomes happy, it increases the probability that you’ll be happy by 25%. 

6. It's Normal To Go Up and Down

We shouldn’t feel scared about sometimes feeling a bit stressed or uncomfortable, these feelings don’t mean we’re mentally ill. On the contrary, research shows that a bit of stress can actually improve our focus, motivation and decision making especially if we remind ourselves of the benefits beforehand. 

In Partnership with FIKAon 17 January 2020