With Bell's 'Let's Talk' campaign ( which you can learn more about HERE ), works is being done to erase the stigma surrounding mental health.
So, with that in mind... let's talk about mental health.
First off, if you're looking for mental health resources in the Toronto area, there are some great resources. Click HERE if you would like a list of mental health resources.
Did you know... mental health is the leading cause of workplace disability in Canada and represents 15% of Canada’s burden of disease.
Agents, as independent contractors, can sometimes feel isolated in their work and struggles. And many agents don't have additional health coverage for prescriptions or visits to mental health professionals. So, let's talk a little about self-care as a great way to maintain and promote mental health.
Here are some self-care strategies courtesy of Psychology Today:
Think of your senses
- When you feel stressed and need a calm mind, try focusing on the sensations around you. This will help you focus on the present moment, giving you a break from your worries.
- Breathe in fresh air.
- Take a hot shower or a warm bath.
- Get a massage.
- Cuddle with a pet.
- Pay attention to your breathing.
- Burn a scented candle.
- Listen to music.
Do things that bring you pleasure
- A great way to take care of yourself when you’re coping with stress is to do something you like... with no guilt or pressure.
- Take yourself out to eat.
- Be a tourist in your own city.
- tend to your plants or flowers.
- Watch a movie.
- Make art. Do a craft project.
- Go for a photo walk and take photos
- Connecting with others is an important part of self-care.
- Go on a lunch date with a good friend.
- Calling a friend on the phone.
- Participate in a book club.
- Join a support group.
Acknowledge Your Emotions
- Dealing with our emotions can be challenging when we’re coping with stress. We tend to label emotions as “good” or “bad,” but this isn’t helpful.
- Accept your feelings. They’re all ok. Really.
- Write your feelings down.
- Cry when you need to.
- Laugh when you can. (Try laughter yoga.)
- Practice self-compassion.
- Coping with stress by engaging the body is great because you can bypass a lot of unhelpful mental chatter. It’s hard to feel stressed when you’re doing one of these self-care activites:
- do yoga... or walk... take a bike ride... or run
- Dance and stretch
- Don’t skip sleep to get things done.
Use Your Brain
- You can also give yourself a boost by doing a task that you’ve been avoiding or challenging your brain in a novel way.
- Clean out a junk drawer or a closet.
- Take action (one small step) on something you’ve been avoiding.
- Try a new activity.
- Make a list.
- Immerse yourself in a crossword puzzle.
- Read something on a topic you wouldn’t normally.
It can also mean remembering that others go through similar experiences and difficulties as we do.
We’re not alone.