The Mental Health Social Worker pointed me to a campaign being run in the US by Mental Health America to ‘equip people with tools to deal with stressful times’.
The campaign is called ‘Live your Life Well’ and has a nicely designed webpage with some surveys, tips and ‘success stories’.
I took the ‘stress screener’ myself and came out it told me ‘I could be doing better’. I guess no surprises there because I do have a fair bit going on at the moment!
They explain that
The Live Your Life WellSM program details the 10 tools and many of their benefits, including:
- Connect with Others. Research suggests that people who feel connected are happier and healthier – and may even live longer.
- Stay Positive. People who regularly focus on the positive in their lives are less upset by painful memories.
- Get Physically Active. Exercise relieves tense muscles, improves mood and sleep, and increases energy and strength.
- Help Others. Research suggests that those who consistently help other people experience less depression, greater calm and fewer pains.
- Get Enough Rest. People who don’t get enough sleep face a number of possible health risks, including weight gain, decreased memory, impaired driving and heart problems.
- Create Joy and Satisfaction. Positive emotions can boost a person’s ability to bounce back from stress.
- Eat Well. Eating healthy food and regular meals can increase energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases and influence mood.
- Take Care of Your Spirit. People who have strong spiritual lives may be healthier and live longer. Spirituality seems to cut the stress that can contribute to disease.
- Deal Better with Hard Times. People who get support, problem-solve or focus on the positives in their lives are likely to handle tough times better.
- Get Professional Help if You Need It. If the problems in life are stopping a person from functioning well or feeling good, professional help can make a big difference.
- The site goes through each of these points and explains some pretty substantial and extensive tips so it’s well worth going to the site and having a nose around!