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January is Mental Wellness and Resilience Month

Toni Ann DiSantis

January is Mental Wellness and Resilience Month

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental well-being is a state “in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Here are some of the many things you can do to contribute to your own mental well-being:

Practice Relaxation techniques: Practicing deep breathing techniques or progressive muscle relaxation help reduce stress and induce relaxation.

Take time for yourself: It is important to set aside time every day to allow yourself to relax and escape the stress of life.

Get active: Moving around and getting the heart rate up causes the body to release endorphins. 

Read something new:  Reading can help you to de-stress by taking your mind off everyday life.

Connect with others: Having friends who are willing to listen and support you through good and bad times is essential.

Have a laugh: Adding humor to a stressful situation can help to lighten the mood.

Get plenty of rest: The human body needs a chance to rest and repair itself after a long and stressful day. Try getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night.

Pick up a new hobby: Having creative outlets such as listening to music, drawing or gardening are great ways to relax and relieve everyday stress.

Eat healthy foods: Eating foods that are good for you not only improve your physical health, but they play a major role in your mental health. When your body gets the proper nutrients, it is better able to function in every capacity.

Information provided by: http://mhww.org/strategies.html

 

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