Friday, 8 October 2010

Fat to Fit - Mental health

This week at work we are having "BLUES WEEK" which is raising awareness about mental health issues.

Mental Health Week Logo

This week our school is supporting Mental Health Week. We have various activities, food stalls and pass it on messages. On Friday there will be a Sausage Sizzle, Fairy Floss, Blue Hair Spray, The DUNKING Machine and The annual Talent Quest.

I strongly support this cause as there are many students, staff and family members that suffer from Mental Illnesses.

Blues week band and Pass it on's

There are ways to improve ones mental state:

Be Active:
Look after yourself:

Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. By keeping yourself as active as possible, physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Give your self a little ME time each day to reduce stress and relax.

Be Physically Active:
It has been proven that exercise can reduce depression, stress and anxiety. It is recommended that you do at least 30 mintutes of moderate intensity exercise.

Get Help:
It is important for us to understand and mange our feelings, and get help if we need it. Encourage students to see the Guidance Officer, Chaplin or other support staff if they are having problems. If you or someone you know is not feeling well get the right information. There is lots of information on available on mental health. Acting early can prevent things getting worse.

Get connected

Get connected to your community: connect with a group or go along to community events. Join a club or volunteer. Being involved in the communtiy is a great way to help out
Get connected with nature: Being close to nature reivigorates you and makes
us feel good. Go for a walk, ride or explore a national park, go bushwalking, camp near the beach.
Get connected to yourself – take some time out to do what’s important to you. Do some gardening, meet a friend, take the dog for a walk. Make a list, have plan…
Get connected with others – make time for family and friends.

Stay Involved

Stay involved with the community: volunteer in the community, health experts say that doing good deeds adds meaning to our lives and helps our self-esteem. All of which are good for our mental health and wellbeing.
Commit to treating yourself well: Balance your work, home and social life. make time for yourself. It's important that you schedule "me time". Mark it in your diary like an appointment and try not to avoid using that time. Taking just one hour, once a week to do something for yourself can do wonders for your wellbeing, your relationships and career will benefit too. By allowing you do something you enjoy and it also keeps your brain active.
Stay involved with your community: if you take up an actrivity stay commited to seeing that activity all the way through. Keeping involved in the community improves your wellbeing.
This week I have started back into my workouts of a morning and I feel better for it.

How are you going to look after your Mental Health?

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for your gracious comments!

love Adalita