When we think of wellness we usually focus on diet and exercise. It’s obviously important to work to achieve a healthy body, but often times we forget to take care of our most important organ, our mind.
This year we really want to focus on your mind … we want to help you align your mind so you can be a mentally healthy human being. Don’t be dismissive! Just do it. Trust me it’s not that hard and if you give it a shot, I promise you will be better off. Make a commitment to Align your Mind in 2019.
What is it? In short, we’re going to have classes, speakers, workshops, journals and activities to give you tools so your mind can be better aligned.
‘Mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ are increasingly being used as if they mean the same thing, but they do not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health. Not all people will experience a mental illness, but everyone will struggle or have a challenge with their mental well-being (i.e., their mental health) just like we all have challenges with our physical well-being from time to time.
This month we will focus on awareness and education. For many people, mental health issues are viewed differently from physical health issues. Going to therapy might seem like a waste of time, something people should figure out on their own, or just paying to complain to someone. For those that have experienced mental illness themselves or through family/friends it is clear that it is just as much an illness as any other physical disease. You might think someone struggling with depression is just weak, lazy, negative, or just not trying hard enough to get through it. Would you think the same of someone with kidney disease? We are accepting of any body part breaking down other than our brains. And that’s ignorance.
“The stigma in our society around ‘mental illness’ is very real. If you think that it isn’t, ask yourself this: Would you rather make your next Facebook status say you’re having a tough time getting out of bed because you hurt your back or you’re having a tough time getting out of bed every morning because you’re depressed? Unfortunately, we live in a world where if you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast, but if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way.” -Kevin Breel
Thanks to all of those who submitted for a bracelet! We received our first 100 submissions for the SWAB and will be sending them out this week.
Think Pawsitive Journal
Our Think Pawsitive journals are for you to track your mental wellness journey. There are weekly activities to give you some helpful tools to be more self-aware and organize your thoughts. You’ll see a mood scale each week. This is just for you to track how you’re feeling. If you’d like a journal, fill out the form below and we will send you one.
There are physiological and psychosocial benefits of positive social interaction with a pet, such as holding or cuddling an animal. These benefits include calming and relaxing, lowering anxiety, alleviating loneliness, enhancing social engagement and interaction, normalizing heart rate and blood pressure, reducing pain, reducing stress, reducing depression and increasing happiness.
TargetCW offers an Adopt-a-Pet program to reimburse you for up to $100 of your pet adoption fee. For more information check out our site here: https://www.targetcw.com/benefits
How happy are you? Take this quiz to find out.
Interested to see how where your mental health is at? Take this Mental Health Assessment.
Below are some wonderful resources if you are seeking help or assistance regarding you or your family’s mental health.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) | 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), 24/7 hotline
National Suicide & Crisis Hotline | 1-800-273-TALK (8255), 24/7 hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-7233, 24/7 hotline
FINDING A THERAPIST/CLINICIAN ON YOUR OWN:
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