Taking Responsibility for
Our Mental Health
Putting the client in the driver’s seat
Choosing the passengers in the vehicle
Taking Responsibility
• Our Mental Health needs to be part of what we
attend to everyday
• Just like taking care of our ph...
Taking Responsibility
• Taking care of our physical health is also a part of taking
care of our mental health
• Eating pro...
Taking Responsibility
• Stress is a big part of the world we live in and stress
contributes to the worsening of mental hea...
Taking Responsibility
• Examples :
• Running, reading, writing, dancing, singing, sports, working out,
watching a good sho...
Taking Responsibility
• Some people have difficulty with winter and so we need to
ask ourselves, what can we do in the win...
Taking Responsibility
• Plan your week. If you plan for enjoyment and relaxation
you are more likely to follow through. Le...
Taking Responsibility
• If budgeting doesn’t seem to allow for much remember
that most museums have a free day, you can bo...
Taking Responsibility
• Journaling can be an immensely helpful tool. We can
keep track of our moods, our thoughts what we ...
Taking Responsibility
Take control of your mental health and become part of your
own treatment plan. Enjoy your recovery!
...
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As presented at our Conversations at The Royal on March 20, 2014 by speakers Karen James, Cynthia DuBaie, and Richard Cottingham.

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Taking Responsibility for our Mental Health

  1. 1. Taking Responsibility for Our Mental Health Putting the client in the driver’s seat Choosing the passengers in the vehicle
  2. 2. Taking Responsibility • Our Mental Health needs to be part of what we attend to everyday • Just like taking care of our physical health requires us to engage in a number of activities to support optimum functioning so does our mental health.
  3. 3. Taking Responsibility • Taking care of our physical health is also a part of taking care of our mental health • Eating properly, getting exercise, sleeping well and attending to physical symptoms by seeking medical help or having a regular medical check-up are all important elements of both physical and mental health. • We are responsible for how we take care of ourselves. When we don’t take care of ourselves we risk sickness.
  4. 4. Taking Responsibility • Stress is a big part of the world we live in and stress contributes to the worsening of mental health symptoms. • This then necessitates finding activities that we can implement on a regular basis to reduce stress. The best way to avoid becoming stressed is to participate in regular activities that are stress reducing. • What things do you find enjoyable and relaxing? Can you bring these into your daily life?
  5. 5. Taking Responsibility • Examples : • Running, reading, writing, dancing, singing, sports, working out, watching a good show or movie, spending time with a good friend, going out for a meal, listening to music, playing a musical instrument, taking pictures, going for a walk, going to a museum, drawing a picture, knitting, beading, putting a model together, playing with a child, talking on the phone to a good friend, going to a support group, playing a game and the list can go on almost indefinitely. • Enjoying one’s life will contribute to feeling better.
  6. 6. Taking Responsibility • Some people have difficulty with winter and so we need to ask ourselves, what can we do in the winter that can help us cope better with this season. • Examples: • Find indoor activities that you enjoy. Many of the above activities can be done indoors. Go to the library and look at photo books of nature. Watch a nature film on TV. Find a room that gets a lot of light and sit there reading or doing another activity. If you don’t have this at home go somewhere else in the community and sit near a window, you can do this in libraries, coffee shops, a shopping mall etc.
  7. 7. Taking Responsibility • Plan your week. If you plan for enjoyment and relaxation you are more likely to follow through. Learn meditation, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, yoga, or Tai chi and include these activities in your week. Many of these activities can be learned from books and these can be borrowed from libraries. Remember that libraries also have activities that are free of charge. If you’re trying something new ask a friend if they would like to try it with you.
  8. 8. Taking Responsibility • If budgeting doesn’t seem to allow for much remember that most museums have a free day, you can borrow books and films from the library and many activities do not require that you buy expensive items. • Take advantage of the dollar stores purchasing items each month that give you the items you need to work on something creative. The only thing that prevents us from engaging in activities that will help us to feel better is us. • If we engage in regular helpful activity every day we will have a much better chance of maintaining better mental health.
  9. 9. Taking Responsibility • Journaling can be an immensely helpful tool. We can keep track of our moods, our thoughts what we are struggling with, what we are learning about ourselves, our achievements, our dreams and our ideas. • Scrap booking can be a form of journaling. We can use pictures, drawing or colour to portray what we are feeling and where we would like to go. The only limitations lie in our own minds and although our minds may be struggling we are still capable of being creative.
  10. 10. Taking Responsibility Take control of your mental health and become part of your own treatment plan. Enjoy your recovery! A Great Resource: http://www.helpguide.org Covers: Emotional Intelligence Self-Help Toolkit • Mental and Emotional Health • Healthy Lifestyles • Children and Family • After 50

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