In case you didn’t know, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week!
Mental health has become an increasingly important issue within the past year, and by raising awareness we can stop the stigma toward mental health. The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA.com) explains: “Mental health is not only the avoidance of serious mental illness. Your mental health is affected by numerous factors from your daily life, including the stress of balancing work with your health and relationships.” If you or anyone you know needs help, the CMHA is an amazing resources that is simple to use, and is full of useful links and support.
Sometimes we all feel a little down. So let’s focus on our own mental health this week and learn how to deal with stress! I never properly dealt with stress until I saw this TedTalk by an amazing woman, Kelly McGonigal, who is a Health Psychologist focusing on making people happy and healthy.
Ultimately, Kelly explains that stress is not bad for you; it’s natural and evolutionarily significant. But how could this be? Yes, too much stress causes inflammation and illness, and will kill you. McGonigal says to change your mind about how think about stress, and it will not negatively effect you! Caring about yourself and others decreases the negative effects stress can have on your health. She makes a compelling argument, you must watch to find out how!
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Stay happy and healthy!
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