10 Mental Health Tips


  1. Make time for Family and Friends –Relationships need to be nurtured.  If taken for granted they will not be there to share life’s joys and sorrows.
  2.  Build Confidence-  Identify your strengths, abilities and weaknesses.  Accept them, build on them and do what is best to do with what you have.
  3.  Accept Compliments – Many of us have difficulty accepting compliments and kindness from others, or just saying “Thank You”. We need to remember the positive strokes when times are tough.
  4.  Give and Accept Support– Friends and family relationships thrive when they are “put to the test”.
  5.  Identify and Deal with Moods– We all need to find a safe and constructive ways to express our feelings of anger sadness, happiness, fear and joy.
  6.  Manage Stress– We all have stress in our lives but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will maintain our mental health.
  7.  Create a Meaningful Budget– financial problems cause stress. Over spending on our “wants” rather than our “needs” is very often the problem.
  8.  Volunteer– Being involved in community gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction and creates a feeling of well-being. Find something that you enjoy doing and be a volunteer in that area.
  9. Find Strength in Numbers– sharing problems with others who have had smilar experiences may help you find a solution and will make you feel less isolated.
  10. Learn to be at Peace with Yourself– Get to know who you are, what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change about yourself.


De-Stress Your Life

It is difficult to avoid all of the daily pressures and not have stress. Stress is particularily high at this time because of economic & job pressures.   Stress can be controlled through some helpful tips that will help us live healthier, happier and more productive lives.

Don’t Pull Your Hair Out–De-Stress

* Do something you really enjoy each day
* Prepare for each day by setting out clothes and materials that you will need for the next day.
* What you want to do tomorrow, do today, what you want to do today , do now.  Do not procrastinate.
* Make a realistic list of things you want to accomplish each day, either the night before or in the morning.
* Exercise during the day—for office workers, take a short walk outdoors, weather permitting.
* If you like to do yoga or swimming, these exercises can also relieve or prevent stress.
* Be kind to unkind people–they probably need it.
* Try smiling at each person you pass during the day–it may lift their spirits, along with yours.
* Do nothing that you will ever have to lie about.
* Don’t compomise your own integrity
* Listen to your inner voice — it is there for a reason
* Make promises sparingly and keep them faithfully.
* When you start to worry–remove yourself from the situation which can be done both physically and mentally.
* Think about someplace you have been that you really enjoyed and where you felt peaceful.

Find what works for you to relieve anxiety and stress.  Each person it different.

I am a natural worrier, so some things that work for me are;
* saying a short prayer repetitiously    * swimming laps–counting the laps as I swim    * Removing myself from whatever I am obsessing or worrying about–at least for a reasonable time.   * Sitting in the sunshine   * Reading some uplifting short story or watching a comedy like “I Love Lucy”, “The Golden Girls” or “Everybody Loves Raymond”.
                  Laughter is an instant vacation”.

*Find a Mantra or Prayer that you can say repeatedly.  (During my early recovery from my fall down the flight of stairs–see Marty’s Memoirs–I said “The Guardian Angel Prayer” probably 20 times each day–it helped with pain mangement and stress).    

* Looking at peaceful pictures.  

“Worry is nothing less than the misuse of your imagination! ” Franklin Covey