The definition of Mental Health is how flexible can you be emotionally. The more flexible you can be the more emotionally stable you are feeling. The health of your emotional state of mind is an indicator of how flexible you are. When you find yourself mostly feeling balanced and content you are experiencing a state of good or excellent mental health. You feel you are in control of your emotions, even though circumstances will occur in your life which may make you feel upset, angry or hurt, you are able to control the emotions from growing in intensity. You have the ability to understand what you are feeling, thus feel in control, and know how to temporarily allow these feelings, stop them and then re-balance your emotions. You feel you can function emotionally, take action to change your circumstances if necessary. You feel you are in control of your life and happiness, rather than life situations and circumstances controlling how you feel and respond.
If you find yourself in an emotional state; such as continuously angry, upset, anxious or agitated; this is an indicator you are not coping well with what is occurring in your environment and is indicative that you may be dealing with declining mental health. Other indicators of declining mental health is if you use substances to cope with emotional situations; if you are having a drink, smoking marijuana, or taking over the counter pain killers to take the edge off, or even to drown your sorrows completely, any of these behaviors are signs the state of your mental health is becoming compromised. If relationships within your family home, or work place are volatile and there are frequent arguments, shouting, violence, non-speaking, ignoring, or a need for isolation, then you are in an environment not conducive to optimal mental health.