Toson: Mind Check: Show yourself some love

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The most neglected individual in our lives is….you guessed
it, yourself.  In this “love month,” the
most important person to show some love to is you.  Too often we focus on how we can love on
people and possessions and neglect to show love to ourselves.    Loving yourself is where it counts the
most.  So let’s do some self-care.

Self-care
includes any intentional actions you take to care for your physical, mental and
emotional health.

Self-care, otherwise known as plain old TLC, benefits us by
improving our mental and physical health through better self-esteem, less
stress and overall wellbeing.  These
behaviors help provide balance in an increasingly over-stimulating world.  Self-care makes up an essential part of a
healthy lifestyle that keeps us healthy, happy and more in tune with our minds
and bodies. 

3
easy self-care tips for parents:

1.   Be Still: 
We live in such a rushed and over-stimulated society.  It’s good to just find a quiet place and
become one with yourself. With social clubs, sports practice and homework, we
can find there is little time in our days for peace and quiet. Create time to
just be still. Find a park, go to the lake, or even find a quiet space in your
home and just sit in quietness. Listen to the wind, the sounds of nature, or
play some soft soothing music. Even if it’s just for five minutes. Being still
is both relaxing and calming and can help reduce stress.  

2.     Find Balance: We’ve heard it said
many times before – seek “work-life” balance. This is something that is
sometimes easier said than done. It’s important to organize your schedule so
that you can have time for others but also time for yourself.  Sometimes the hardest word to say is “no”-
but limiting your commitments to others will increase your ability to commit to
yourself, family, and close friends.

3.     Pamper yourself:  It’s no secret that we all could use some
pampering.  Find activities you enjoy:
painting, doing your nails, throwing a football, watching a movie, reading a
book, crocheting, riding a bike, or going hiking. It doesn’t have to be
expensive. It just has to be something you find enjoyable. 

3
easy self-care tips for kids:

1.     Go Outside:  Allow your kids to unleash all that energy
by riding their bikes, going for a walk, or even playing on the
playground.  It’s good to unplug from the
gadgets and video games for a while as exercise is not just good for the body
but also good for the mind.

2.     Learn Something New: Being able to learn and master a new
skill, such as baking a cake, learning a new instrument, or trying a new hobby
is good for the mind. Learning something new can keep your child’s brain cells
active and allow kids to succeed in something new, as well as build
self-esteem.

3.     Just be silly: Give space for
plain old silly time.  This is something
that your kids can do independently to relieve stress, but it’s also something
you can do together. Be
silly with your kids by taking silly pictures with them or just goofing
around.  Being silly with your kids is
not just fun but also a great way to bond with your kids.

Apply your skills:

Self-Care
is important. Try these above-listed tips or find something that is unique to
you. 

Since
everyone has a different response to stress, there is no “one size fits all”
solution to managing it. Experiment with different techniques and strategies.
Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control.

Know
when to seek additional help: speak to a minister or counselor; make an
appointment with your doctor or mental health provider; call 911 or the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor.

View Point
Health has many resources in your local community that will service your mental
health needs, including: outpatient family, group and individual counseling
support; child and adolescent services; school-based services; veterans
services, employment and substance abuse services.

For more
information, please visit https://myviewpointhealth.org/.

Chanel
Toson is the Program Manager for Strive Clubhouse with Viewpoint Health. She is
a Carolina native and has been actively involved in providing mental health
services in the community since moving to Georgia in 2012. 

 



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