Go for a walk, take a break, visit an art exhibit of the Community Wellness Centre 1 – 3:30 pm, read a book, be with yourself, visit a friend or family member, volunteer!
Read more and discover various self-care and mindfulness strategies.
A word from a volunteer…
I love visiting a senior as a Friendly Visit volunteer. It makes me appreciate where I am in life
Mindfulness strategies come in many forms.
“It’s a busy world. You fold the laundry while keeping one eye on the kids and another on the television. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. But in the rush to accomplish necessary tasks, you may find yourself losing your connection with the present moment—missing out on what you’re doing and how you’re feeling. Did you notice whether you felt well-rested this morning or that forsythia is in bloom along your route to work?
Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Mindfulness is now being examined scientifically and has been found to be a key element in stress reduction and overall happiness.”
- What is Mindfulness? [Canadian Mental Health Association]
The Gift of Gratitude
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher, has conducted multiple studies on the link between gratitude and well-being. His research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.
Home Exercise: Fill out the “Why I am Grateful” worksheet pdf here.
- 7 Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Gratitude That Will Motivate You To Give Thanks Year-Round [Forbes]
- Gratitude Exercises [Therapist Aid]
Random Acts of Kindness
Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.
Home Exercise: Consult the 50 random acts of kindness pdf here.
- Easy: Give someone a genuine compliment today.
- Moderate: Write a positive note and leave on a co-workers desk or send a card to a friend or family member letting them know you care about them.
- Greater Effort: Help a Senior with grocery shopping or a home task.
- Doing good? Altruism and well being in the age of austerity [Mental Health Foundation UK]