What is Mental Health?
How is Your Mental Health?
Have you ever actually watched yourself deal with everyday problems, listened to your self-talk, or noticed your reactions to those around you? Being more self-aware is the first step towards a healthier mindset.
What have you noticed about yourself? Changing bad habits can be hard, but not impossible. It takes time to learn yourself and how you naturally respond to life around you. Once you start to take notice of yourself, you can begin to use various strategies to help you begin new, healthier habits. Listed below are some great websites that can begin to help you gain control of your thoughts and emotions. It is important to remember that we do not have control over the people and situations around us, but we do have control of the way we react and respond.
If life is overwhelming, take a break! Check out the links below to find something new to try. You can find many more ideas on the Web, Pintrest, YouTube, etc.
- Stress Management Strategies (short video)
- Mindful Breathing
- Body Scan
- Moovlee - Calming Activity
- Mind Yeti - Videos for Kids
- Mindful Art Activities
- Artfully Mindful Activities
- Relaxing Music
It's also important to identify your support group whether its family, friends, teachers, or professionals such as doctors and counselors. It's important to stay connected and to let those people know if you are struggling. Have those names and numbers saved and available should you ever need them. Below is a great app where you can save this information:
If you are ever in crisis, please know that there are people who can help you through it. Never give up HOPE!
Below are local crisis numbers and websites:
- AOP Department of Mental Health - (864) 716-2316
- Additional resources can be found on our resource page: https://www.anderson1.org/Page/19968