10 Tips for Your Mental Wellness

Here are 10 tips for your mental wellness at home and at work:

1.   In moments of high stress, try deep breathing. Take a moment to unplug to calm your mind and body.

2.   Listen. When people do open up in the workplace about their mental well-being how do you respond? Read these important tips.

3.   Stress can have negative effects on your health. Take the stress test here.

4.   Are you always on? Remember the importance of work/life balance. Set priorities and stick to them.

5.   Are you sleeping? Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they lose sleep because of stress. Read these tips on getting better sleep.

6.   Remember the why. Sometimes we can lose motivation at work. View these tips on dealing with change and boosting motivation.

7.   Do something nice for someone else. Studies show you can boost your mood by helping others.

8. Talk it out. Sometimes we need a listening ear. Search for a behavioral health provider near you. Want to talk right away? Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center (in the US).

9. Try a mental health-screening test. Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.

10. Be prepared. Take a mental health first aid course so you will know how to help and support others.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.
Call: 1-800-273-8255 

 

 

Interview with U.S. Army Veteran and Founder of Final Salute Inc., Jas Boothe

Watch this video of Jas Boothe’s incredible story from losing everything after Hurricane Katrina to being discharged after 13 years of service in the U.S. Army after a battle with cancer. You can learn more about her organization here and follow Final Salute, Inc on twitter: @FinalSaluteInc

Here is a Q&A with Jas Boothe on how Final Salute Inc. helps women Veterans.

Q.  Do you have psychological services available?

A.  We have a full-time case manager. We also have a  connection with veteran organizations. Some of our residents in the house are Veteran disability rated and are getting the support that way.

Q.  Is there anything that we can do on our platforms to help the problem before it gets to the stage where you are helping the woman.

A. People say, do you need more homes? No, we need less homeless veterans. Prevention is the key. I think it starts in the military.

“I don’t think it’s a military issue, I don’t think it’s a governmental issue, I think it’s an American issue.”

Q.  How did you get past your own struggle to help other people?

A.  You have to get your foundation set first. You have to be in a position where you can help others. If you can’t help yourself you’re truly not in a position to help others. Once I got in the position to help others I personally felt that I couldn’t live the life I wanted with so many women who serve not getting what they needed out of life.

Q.  What is the next vision that you have?

A.  My next step is to be out of business. I want to get to the root causes and try to cut if off before it gets too bad. I’ve helped over 300 but there are over 50,000 out there.  I don’t want any veterans male or female to have to be homeless on American soil.

Q. How are you balancing pursuing this passion and still maintaining your family life?

The work-life balance is a myth. It’s not really work-life balance -it’s focus.  Focus on what you're doing at the time and give it your full attention.

Q.  Have any women in your program gone on to work with you further?

A.  Most women who come through our programs want to give back. One way they gave back is through their testimonies. It let’s other women in that situation know they are not alone and there are people who care about them.

 Q. How will you use your $25,000 grant?

A.  The money will go toward the mortgage of the home to allow more women and children to come in. It will also go towards preventing homelessness i.e. help with utility bills.

Q.  How can our children get involved?

A. Read books, have a movie night, make lunches, etc.

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available. 

 

Recap: 31 Days of Gratitude

Take a walk down memory lane with me! I tried to find something to be thankful for each day in October.  I thought of the idea to do it as a photo challenge after reading Bella Grace Magazine. Here is a recap of some of the days I did share with you all. See more by searching #LoveWriteSpeak on Instagram I had a couple friends share as well. Remember to always find one thing positive about your day!

World Mental Health Day

Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day! The theme is psychological first aid.

According to the World Health Organization, psychological first aid (PFA) is a humane, supportive and practical response to people suffering exposure to serious stressors and who may need support.

When is the last time you thought about the state of your mental wellness at home and in the workplace? Do you know how to support someone who has a mental illness?

In the sixth episode of the Upgraded by Hobsons podcast, author and motivational speaker Arel Moodie talks briefly on growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and about the traumatizing things he witnessed. At the age of 16-years-old, he was experiencing depression and contemplated taking his own life.

Over 6 million American men suffer from depression per year.

His father offered support by checking in with him and having a conversation helping Arel realize that ending his life wasn’t the answer but that going to college might help him move past what he was experiencing. Arel now travels around the country giving motivational speeches.

I mention this as a reminder that in the professional setting sometimes all we see or expose to our co-workers is our surface-self. But, let us remember that we are all human and experiencing life challenges. While some of these are exciting like becoming a new parent, other experiences are difficult like dealing with grief.

When do we get to take off the mask” and reveal our true selves? When do we make a space to say, “How are you?” and really care about the response before asking for a deliverable from that person? When was the last time you stopped by someone’s desk with no other purpose than to check on his or her well-being?

1 in 5 Americans will have a mental health condition.

October spotlights the importance of good mental health. October 2 – 8 was Mental Illness Awarness Week. October 6 was National Depression Screening Day. And, October 10 welcomes international recognition of World Mental Health Day. For those in the mental health community, it’s a time to reflect, check-in, and share our stories.

Let’s use the weeks going forward as a time to do a mental wellness check-in with yourself and your team.

 

Learn more about World Mental Health Day here.

For more resources visit:

·      Mental Health America

·      Mental Health Foundation UK

·      Mental Health Australia

·      American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 

31 Days of Gratitude

Reading Bella Grace Magazine I saw the idea to find beauty in each day of October. So let's do this. The #LoveWriteSpeak Photo Challenge --each day post on social media what you are thankful for and use the hashtag. Follow me on Instagram for my photos. 

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Beautiful, Confident, & Socially Anxious!

Beautiful, Confident, & Socially Anxious!

My second essay is published on The Mighty site! I was inspired by the final question of the MISS USA pageant. It made me think about the times I battle with being confident in social settings.