Mental Health issues among youth are on the rise. As a youth worker, you simply cannot afford to be uninformed about the symptoms of mental illness. Youth will look to you for support and will trust your guidance to help them deal
with the stigma associated with mental illness.
As important as it is to know and understand mental health challenges, you also cannot underestimate the need to ensure your own well-being. You need effective strategies for reducing stress and taking good care of your own health. Self-care is vital to your ability to thrive in your role and avoid the dangers of burn out.
Mental Health America offers ten strategies that have been proven to maintain your mental health:
- Connect with others
- Stay positive
- Get physically active
- Help others
- Get enough sleep
- Create joy and satisfaction
- Eat well
- Take care of your spirit
- Deal better with hard times
- Get professional help if you need it
Some people think that only people with mental illnesses have to pay attention to their mental health.
But the truth is that your emotions, thoughts, and attitudes affect your energy, productivity and overall health. Good mental health strengthens your ability to cope with everyday hassles and more serious crises and challenges. Good mental health is essential to creating the life you want.
Meditative Movements, a new exercise technique designed by Ellie Peterson of the Power of Positive Workouts, incorporates three of the above strategies: staying positive, getting physically active and taking care of your spirit. Healthy living means you are able to cope with everyday stress with a calm confidence. By practicing these techniques, you can learn how to exercise your own personal power in a new way so you can be in control of your own health and well-being.
Good mental health is possible when you take time to care for yourself. Now is an opportune time to assess how you are staying mentally and emotionally healthy. If you need support in staying positive, being physically active or caring for your spirit, Meditative Movements is a great option. It can give you more enjoyment in your life now so you can look forward to a brighter future.
Join us in Rochester, MN on Friday, November 3, 2017 for Strategies for Supporting Mental Health. This training day includes two sessions, both designed to give you new perspective on mental health for yourself and for the youth you serve.