January 2019

Mental Health Resolutions

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week 

Pets and Mental Health

New Year's Resolutions for Mental Health
Many people resolve to take better care of themselves physically when a new year begins. The most popular resolutions in the U.S. are losing weight, getting organized and quitting smoking. If you are resolving to make positive changes in 2019, don’t forget to consider your mental health. Making mental health resolutions might even make it easier for you to keep the other resolutions you choose to make.

If you are living with mental illness, you are probably already trying hard every day. So with that in mind, here are a few suggestions to consider:
  • Be kind to yourself: Ditch the negative self-talk. Good things begin from within, so treat yourself with kindness and respect.
  • Live in the moment: Try not to dwell too much on the past or spend too much time fixating on the future. Remember to live in the present and be mindful of all that life has to offer.
  • Help others: Helping others is a great way to get out of your head. It also helps you connect with others and cultivate relationships.
Have realistic expectations
We don’t become entirely new people when the clock strikes midnight, but we can try a little bit harder from where we already are. Mental wellness is an ongoing process, so be prepared for it to take time.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW): Jan. 22–27

Teens, scientists and other experts come together to discuss the realities of drug and alcohol use during NDAFW. Events focus on providing teens with the scientific facts about drugs and alcohol. The goal is to dispel the myths they get from the internet, TV, movies, music or their peers. Parents can get help to start meaningful conversations about drugs and alcohol with their child. NDFAW events are in schools, community groups, sports clubs, book clubs and hospitals.

Pets and Mental Health

Studies show animals can reduce tension and improve mood. Along with treatment, pets can help some people with mild to moderate 
depression and anxiety feel better. Pets could help by providing
uncomplicated love, responsibility, activity, routine and companionship. Before you add a pet to the family, be sure the added responsibility won’t cause undue stress or a financial burden.
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