Recognize Mental Health Week with a “Celebration List”
Do you feel happy or depressed? Do you have high self-esteem or low self-esteem? Do the challenges you face energize you or overwhelm you? Do you have control over your anger, or does your anger have control over you? All of these questions relate to your mental health.
May 5-11 is Mental Health Week, a time to learn more about our mental well-being. Mental health is often less obvious and less understood than other elements of health, but it’s part of all of our lives. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, one in five of us will experience a mental health condition during our lifetime. The rest of us will be affected by someone who does experience a mental health condition.
Part of good mental health is self-esteem. Self-esteem is how we think and feel about ourselves. When our self-esteem is high, we accept ourselves, appreciate our strengths, and recognize our valuable uniqueness.
We can actively improve our self-esteem in one simple way by creating what author and successful businesswoman Ann McGee-Cooper calls a “Celebration List.” Every day, Ann writes out a list of her successes, whether big or small. Scientific studies show that deliberately recognizing and celebrating our strengths can actually improve our mental health.
Martin Seligman, a professional psychologist, worked with soldiers living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He found that soldiers who actively focused on the ways they had grown and learned through their experiences became better at accepting themselves and their histories.
We’d like to challenge you, no matter how healthy you feel, to actively care for your mental health by ending today with a Celebration List of your own.
For more information on mental health, visit http://mentalhealthweek.cmha.ca/.
DECSA works with people who have mental health conditions through the Assets for Success program. This program supports individuals who self-disclose as having mental health conditions to secure and maintain suitable employment, self-employment, or education. Orientation for Assets is every Monday at 9:45am. For more information, call us at (780) 474-2500.