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It is National Mental Health Month, a month where we can look at our personal well being and mental health. We are all living through some hard times right now as we continue to learn how to cope with a global pandemic. It’s not surprising that a lot of us are struggling to cope with restrictions, which is affecting our mental health and overall well-being. For national mental health day, we present to you some tips on improving your mental health through giving to others, the planet, and yourself.

Giving and Mental Health

For those of you who don’t know, giving feels good. When you give, endorphins kick in and serotonin levels increase, naturally boosting your mental well-being. Giving also decreases your cortisol levels – so all that stress you have been feeling about the pandemic can be washed away! Now let’s talk about some gives you can do that will improve your mental health.

 

National mental Health Month

National Mental Health Month Giving Ideas

Today, we’re going to talk about self-care. And no, not the self-care where I tell you to have a bath and light a scented candle – even though that’s always a nice and relaxing idea. No, we’re going to talk about self – care that can truly help you improve your mental wellbeing. When you start to feel down, ask yourselves these questions:

  • Have I eaten today? 

Having a full stomach is important for you to feel your best. If you haven’t eaten yet, consider going to a local food market or ordering food from a local restaurant. This way you give yourself energy and nutrition and you support local.

  • Have I been outside today?

Being outside in nature can do wonders for your mental health and well-being. Just going outside for a short walk can break up your day and make you feel rejuvenated. On your walk, you can give by picking up some litter and putting it in the garbage or recycling.

  • Have I talked to a friend or relative today? 

If you are feeling lonely in your home, it’s likely that someone you know is too. Give a friend or relative a call and ask how they are doing. Getting in a good soul nourishing conversation with a loved one can really boost your – and your loved ones – gratitude and mental well-being.

  • Have I been physically active today?

My favourite way to get active is to have a good ole fashioned dance party. Crank some tunes and get your body moving and jiving. While you’re at it, why not video call a friend and have a virtual dance party! Not only will you be giving to yourself by moving your body, you will also be giving joy and laughter to a friend which can boost their mental well-being too.

  • How well did I sleep last night? 

If you feel like you’re a little off, it could be because you did not sleep well the night before. Give to yourself by going to bed early tonight and catching up on some well needed rest. While you’re at it, save energy and give to the planet by turning off all your lights before going to bed!

  • Do I feel like I tried everything but have not contacted a professional yet?

Now this give is all for yourself. It’s important to care for ourselves when we need it most. So, if you feel like you have tried everything, contact a hotline or a professional and get further help so you can go back to feeling yourself again. Not sure where to start? Check out the links below!

Global Mental Health Resources

United for Global Mental Health

International Mental Health Support

YMCA International Suicide Line

These gives, coupled with the natural physical effects of giving, are sure to give you a boost on days you don’t feel 100% yourself. Try out one of these gives and let us know how it goes for you by submitting your experience on our webpage once you have signed up for your free membership. Happy National Mental health Month!

 

 

 

Madeleine Lamirande
Madeleine Lamirande
I am pursuing my undergrad in Social Work and hope to become an international disaster relief social worker. I have a sincere love for advocacy and research, I love to travel, and I adore nature. On my spare time, I like to be outside, make DIY’s, and read!

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