Mental Health Week

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK: 8 Steps to Positive Self Love

by Natalie Bascur

‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I’m possible.’ ~ Audrey Hepburn

Mental Health Week acts as a timely reminder of the importance of looking after ourselves and looking out for others. Life is tough, and often the struggle is all too real, but our vulnerabilities don’t make us weaker, they teach us to be strong while circumnavigating the challenging journey that is life.

With studies showing that 1 in 5 Australians experience mental illness each year, and yet only 45% seek professional help, it is time to smash the stigma surrounding mental wellness and acknowledge the courage and strength that it takes to say ‘Yo, life’s feeling a little down and dirty, y’all’.

Here are our 8 positive steps forward to self-love:

1. COMMUNICATE

Communication plays a vital role in health and wellbeing and should be ongoing. Call a loved one you haven’t spoken with in awhile to touch base or organise a coffee date with a friend.

2. SEEK HELP

Getting help early can make all the difference and it is important not to suffer in silence. Access to support and reliable information can change your life. The Black Dog Institute has tips on where you can start.

3. EDUCATE YOURSELF

Take the time this week to familiarise yourself and gain a better understanding of mental health issues.

4. HELP OTHERS

Help others this week with a kind word or action that lifts them up, and inspire and encourage around you (you never what they may be going through). Be the best mama, friend, wife, daughter, sister and colleague you can be, not just this week, but each week of the year.

5. NURTURE YOUR SOUL

Remember the importance of self-love, and don’t forget to take regular mama me time out for yourself. Even if it’s a walk, a phone call with a friend, a cuppa before everyone is awake or a date night with the girls!

6. MAKE CHANGES

Don’t turn away help, there’s no shame in needing a pair of extra hands to help around the house or with watching the kids. Even an hour once a week for yourself to do anything you want will be beneficial.

7. GET ACTIVE

Get some exercise each day, such as a walk with the pram, swimming or Pilates. It has been shown to have a positive effect on your mood.

8. BE KIND

Be kind to yourself. Life is a challenge and no-one is expecting you to be Superwoman.

If you are feeling low, reach out to someone. There are also plenty of organisations that are there to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

You are NOT alone.

 

For 24/7 help: 

Lifeline 13 11 14

Kid’s Helpline 1800 551 800

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

You may also like THE GRATITUDE PROJECT: 9 habits of truly positive people and  LIFE: 9 time savers to reduce mama overwhelm.

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