The World Health Organization constitution states: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Did you know that by the time we reach 40 years old, half of us will have had or will develop a mental health problem? Approximately one million British Columbians will experience a mental illness each year.
Mental health is an important part of your physical health and personal well-being. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mental illnesses are characterized by changes in thinking, mood, or behavior associated with significant distress and impaired functioning.
World Mental Health Day is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Let’s focus on Self Care, what it is, and how to incorporate it in your day to day life.
How much time are you spending on things you enjoy? Do you often find yourself wishing you had time to take a walk or to just sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in silence but your schedule is too complex? Take a moment and look at your schedule. Put aside 10 minutes to enjoy your cup of coffee or to go for a walk. It does not seem like much but it helps to be mindful of the small activities you enjoy that help you relax and make an effort to fit them in daily. These little efforts go a long way.
Is there a space in your home that has been bothering you but you’ve ignored or put off due to general day to day stresses? Consider how much more at ease you will be in your space when you organize it and can release that one task from your thoughts.
Has it been a while since you’ve been to your family physician for a check-up? Health is a high stress and can cause depression and anxiety and it’s important to keep on top of it. Going for a general check-up can ensure your health is where it needs to be and also relieve any anxieties about going to the doctor. If you find it difficult to walk, or get in and out of bed or a chair, maybe it is time for a chiropractic tune-up too.
*These should not be considered as replacements for seeking professional help such as seeing your family physician or counselling. These are tips on reducing day to day stress.
For more detailed help or further information on mental health in BC, please consider visiting the following websites: