Taking Care of Your Mental Health: You are Worth It!
One in five Canadians will have mental health problems that get in the way of life. Without mental health, it’s hard to have a sense of well-being. Do you worry about your mood, excess anxiety, alcohol or substance use? Your mental health matters and early detection and treatment is important since most mental health problems are treatable.
No matter what age you are, it is worth talking to your doctor or a nurse practitioner about your mental health in the same way you would try to look after your physical health.
Strategies to manage stress. We all have stress and challenges in our lives. The body’s stress response happens whenever you feel worried or unsure- stress chemicals are released, heart rates go up as muscles tense. Stress in short bursts is completely normal, but chronic or overwhelming stress is not good for our physical or mental health. The relaxation response is also a normal body reaction that relaxes you, to digest your food or fall asleep at night. Three effective relaxation techniques to try are: deep breathing, yoga and mindfulness.
Set a valued SMART positive thinking goal from the Ideas to get Started list, or choose one of your own. Remember the more specific, measurable and realistic your goal, the more likely you are to succeed!
Invitation: We invite you to try out The Wellness App(link is external) to track your goal over the next 4 weeks. No goal is too small and The Wellness App will encourage you along the way!
Still not sure what to do?
Learn more about the science of Emotions in Evidence section and explore these links:
Wellness Together Canada - This website can be used to find online mental health resources for Canadians.
Canadian Mental Health Association - With 330 community locations, CMHA is a nationwide organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness.
Stress Reduction Tips during COVID - 19 - 14 steps to reduce stress during the pandemic.
Seniors Mental Health Myths and Facts Brochure - Produced by the Fountain of Health and the Canadian Medical Association, this outlines common misconceptions about aging.
My Sleepwell - A website providing high quality, free or paid resources to improve insomnia.