What do you think of when you hear “mental health”? Everyone has differing degrees of mental health, just as we all have physical health. To bring awareness to the importance of mental health and wellbeing, the first week in October has been designated as Mental Health Awareness Week. This week can be an opportunity to celebrate living mentally healthy. Some examples of how Mental Health Awareness Week can be celebrated include exercising mindfulness, finding one’s center, and visiting a mental health counselor.
A great inexpensive way to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week is by practicing mindfulness. I used to think that mindfulness referred exclusively to meditating. Though that is a possible part of mindfulness, it is not necessary to meditate to be mindful. Mindfulness refers to focusing on the present. Mindfulness is defined as a mental state when one is focusing awareness on the moment, while calmly accepting and acknowledging one’s feeling, thoughts, and physical sensations.
A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.
-Abraham Maslow, Ph.D.
Another way to celebrate mental health is finding and challenging a core belief. If you have been reading our blogs, I maybe starting to sound like a broken record, but it really is that important. If you haven’t already read it, go back and review the previous blog about finding your center for more information on this topic. How satisfying it is to ask the questions and find out that the core belief is sound and healthy.
If these questions or a recent life event raise discomfort, talking to a professional counselor may be beneficial. Regular doctor visits are considered beneficial even when feeling well. Some insurance programs even require them to qualify for a lower rate. Most employers provide a limited number of free mental health sessions through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to allow employees and their family members to ensure continued mental health. Go ahead and call your Employee Assistance Program for a referral. Cornerstone Centers for Wellbeing is an EAP provider.
Mental Health Awareness Week can be celebrated in many ways, such as exercising mindfulness, examining one’s core belief, and using EAP benefits to visit a counselor. These are good health practices. Events such as Mental Health Awareness Week help bring this reality to the public awareness. Help celebrate mental health awareness week this year by doing something to maintain or improve your own mental health.
As always, Cornerstone Centers for Wellbeing can be reached to schedule an appointment at 1-866-280-WELL (9355) if you are ready to live your best and achieve wellbeing.
Live your best life,
Jared Chantrill, LCSW