May is for me!

written by Julie Long (Founder and Counsellor) on 03/05/19

Have you heard? May is the month that promotes mental health awareness in Canada. I think there are many assumptions about what mental health is but to me it’s a reflection of our overall well-being.

Well-being, in my opinion, is found when we are in balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, occupationally, environmentally, and intellectually – balance within the 7 dimensions of wellness.

“May is for Me” is my motto this month. Setting up Safe Harbour Therapy has been a massive undertaking and in that process my occupational dimension had way too much air time over the last year! Since I’ve been way off balance, I’ve found my energy depleting lately and thus my mental health has been languishing rather than flourishing. I’ve had to to look in the mirror and reflect on what I need to do to regain my balance this month.

Step 1: Be thankful that I’ve started to do resistance training again. Continue to do my 20 minute workouts every other day. They help me feel more positive and energetic!

Step 2: Restart my gratitude journal before bed to remind myself of the positives throughout the day. I want my brain to strengthen those neural networks while I’m sleeping!

Step 3: Say no to work and yes to friends and family! Even though I’m a home body, I feel better when I connect with others. Scheduling it into the month will revitalize me! Enjoy the loving kindness from friends and family.

Step 4: Read my book, “10 Mindful Minutes” by Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden, when I am having my coffee in the morning, rather than before bed, to remind myself to attend to each moment to strengthen my capacity and compassion during my day.

Step 5: Take a moment to step back and notice my accomplishments! Look at my schedule and block out personal time from occupational time. May is for me!

Step 6: Enjoy watching Oreo as he sniffs the new blades of grass and feel the soft buds of leaves on the trees. Breath in the fresh spring air and listen to the birds sing!

Step 7: Start writing my blog again – I love learning, writing, and sharing!

As you take stock of whether your mental health is flourishing or languishing, be mindful of where you’re spending most of your time. Are you in balance? Are there simple things you can do to help to regain balance? Or maybe you are doing them but haven’t noticed! Every step counts, one by one…I think I can, I think I can…and you will!

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