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.

 

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