World Mental Health Day
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
What can you do to help yourself?
Knowing what’s wrong and what to do about it is an important part of mental health and wellness.
Identify the problem
There are signs and symptoms that will indicate that you may have a problem. According to the Mayo Clinic, here are some things you can watch for in yourself and your loved ones:
- Feeling sad or down.
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate.
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt.
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows.
- Withdrawal from friends and activities.
- Significant tiredness, low energy, or problems sleeping.
World Mental Health Day is an excellent opportunity that encourages us to think about our thoughts.
If you don’t take care of yourself, how will you care for others? The definition of self-care is caring for yourself as you would for others. Many of us rely heavily upon medical professionals to manage our health when actually, it is our own responsibility to oversee the treatments and practices to keep ourselves well. Self-care for mental health is an important part of a healthy person’s daily wellness lifestyle. If you’re looking for self-care ideas, try starting with a self-care Sunday, self-care gifts or seek out self-care habits from others who have been successful in caring for themselves.
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** Above taken from Strong Minds (emotional health) (specialolympics.org)
Here are 20 ways to take a break and care for yourself!
Take a bath
Take a nap
Sit in nature
Watch the clouds
Call a friend
Go to the park
Take a bike ride
Listen to music
Color in a coloring book
Climb a tree
Go for a walk
Light a candle
Turn off your electronics
Read a book
Write a letter
Watch the stars
On October 10th, share with your friends and followers on social media your favorite way to take care of your mental health. Your post could be a video or a picture! Also, do not forget to share using hashtags #WorldMentalHealthDay, #SOMDStrongMinds and #InclusiveHealth!
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