Keys to Mental Health

Sitting in my Educational Leadership class this week, I had one of those cool moments where I was presented with research that supported what Restitution teaches us.  We were discussing mental health, and how as professionals in the education system, we need to be conscious of what we need to do to take care of ourselves in this business, or risk burning out.

The research our professor shared showed that there are three things that are keys to good mental health:

  1. Relatedness – feeling connected to others and understood by them
  2. Competency – having the skills and resources to do our jobs well
  3. Autonomy – the ability to make decisions to determine our own path

Sound familiar?

For those of you who may have just stumbled across this blog, in Restitution, we identify 4 basic needs that we all have:

  1. Belonging
  2. Power
  3. Freedom
  4. Fun

One of the things that reinforces for me that I have discovered something that is the truth is when I see it reappearing over and over again.

Anyone out there familiar with the Circle of Courage?  Dr. Martin Brokenleg identifies that emotional health is dependent upon:

  1. Belonging
  2. Mastery
  3. Independence
  4. Generosity

Think there might be something to this stuff?


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