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I was joking with some friends the other day, about inventing a stress vacuum, to neatly suck-up and dispose of any and all issues that interfere with our lives.  Wouldn't that be nice?  It seems that there are always times in our lives where things start going sideways and our stress feels out of control.  During these times, it comforts me to know that programs are available to assist us in dealing with the stressors that life throws our way.  What does still surprise me though, is how many times that I hear people are reluctant to access such services…  Primarily, because they feel that they're "stressed out" and just need to suck it up — no vacuum pun intended.  This disheartens me, as I'd hoped that our society was well past this stigma, and could understand that seeking help isn't a sign of weakness — rather, as one of strength.

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Take the Suck Out of Mental Health

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by James Stewart
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Location:  Greater Sudbury Public Library, 74 Mackenzie St., Sudbury, Ontario, P3C 4X8, Canada
 

 

I was joking with some friends the other day, about inventing a stress vacuum, to neatly suck-up and dispose of any and all issues that interfere with our lives.  Wouldn't that be nice?  It seems that there are always times in our lives where things start going sideways and our stress feels out of control.  During these times, it comforts me to know that programs are available to assist us in dealing with the stressors that life throws our way.  What does still surprise me though, is how many times that I hear people are reluctant to access such services…  Primarily, because they feel that they're "stressed out" and just need to suck it up — no vacuum pun intended.  This disheartens me, as I'd hoped that our society was well past this stigma, and could understand that seeking help isn't a sign of weakness — rather, as one of strength.

 

Build-Up Mental Strength

Positive mental health isn't about being problem-free and/or never having a bad day nor experiencing a life change that impacts us negatively.  Instead, it's the ability to cope during such rough times.  Stress is inevitable, and the more skills that we learn to build resiliency, the more able we are to battle through the tough times — coming out on top.

 

Celebrate in Style

Mental Health Week is May 1st–7th.  Take this, perfect, opportunity to be loud and proud — encourage everyone to break this stigma by learning, talking, and/or engaging with others on all sorts of issues related to mental health.  As wellness champions, there are a lot of different things that we can do to make this happen:

  • Arrange a lunch time recharging activity, such as a dance class and/or a walk in the park.
  • Hold a fundraising event with donations going to a local mental health organization.
  • Host a Hats On for Mental Health day.  It's a fun initiative.
  • Host a lunch-and-learn information session.
  • Use this time to inform people about the services that programs, of which you're familiar, can deliver.  Not only do they provide short-term counselling, there are also services to help find a work-life balance by improving one's nutrition, assisting with lifestyle changes, helping with issues such as elder and/or child care and providing legal and/or financial advice.

 

Focus on You First

When explaining the importance of taking care of yourself first, I like to use the analogy of the oxygen mask on an airplane.  The safety speech advises you to put on your own mask prior to assisting others with putting on theirs.  If you aren't strong, then you can't be a support to those who depend upon you.  As much as we may wish it were true, we don't live in a vacuum and stress sucks — I promise that's the last vacuum pun!  Essentially, the moral of the story, is that it's alright to ask for help — you'll be better off for it.  Spread the mental health love and support by taking part in Mental Health Week.  You and your friends will be glad that you did!

 
Categories:  Health  
Tags:  Self, The Suck

 
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References:

  1. Hats On For Mental Health Day 2017
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