Mental Health Awareness

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month and Mobility Month, the special events committee has created a list of tips that can be used to aid and support well-being. 

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10 Mental Health Tips

#1 Have a self-care arsenal - Gather a collection of those objects and actions that bring you good vibes.  Use them when things get stressful.

#2 Work your strengths - Do something you're good at to build self-confidence.  Then, tackle a tougher task. 

#3 Track gratitude and achievement with a journal. Include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.

#4 Think of something in your life you want to improve, and figure out what you can do to take a step in the right direction. 

"You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. 

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

#5 Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.

#6 Go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face.

#7 Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone - cortisol, and boosts oxytocin - which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.

#8 Show some love to someone in your life. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life. Or, be your own someone! Look yourself in the mirror, and tell You why YOU appreciate YOU!  Make it a habit.

#9 Dance!  Dance!  Dance!  Dancing reduces levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), and increases endorphins (the body's "feel-good" chemicals).

#10 Feeling stressed? Smile. It may not always be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.

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For more information please visit the following websites:

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/staying-mentally-healthy

http://www.familyaware.org/tdwebinarblog/

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/issues/state-mental-health-america