Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths

To empower someone is to give them the means to achieve something Collins Dictionary This month, we turn our focus towards aspects and actions that we can take to empower ourselves on our mental health journey.  This can be done in so many different ways and, just like with the practices we can put inContinue reading “Empowering Ourselves – through finding our strengths”

Reflections #4

Forgiveness My recent post on how a practice of forgiveness can help enhance our mental health brought up many different feelings for me.  I am an educator. I teach about the benefits and the true meaning of forgiveness, yet it is still something I tend to have a love/hate relationship with.  A reminder……Forgiveness is somethingContinue reading “Reflections #4”

Understanding Forgiveness

A little known practice, when we look at how to support and enhance our mental health, is forgiveness.  There is, at times, a lack of understanding of what forgiveness actually is.  This lack of understanding can impact our ability to support ourselves and others, and unfortunately lead to us holding onto the negative thoughts andContinue reading “Understanding Forgiveness”

Reflections #3

Authenticity It is a word that is thrown around so often and it is also one that I have been reflecting on quite frequently over the last month or so.  As with any reflection, I find myself asking many questions that swirl around my mind…….. How do we show our authenticity?  What does it lookContinue reading “Reflections #3”

Strengthening Connections

One thing that is really important when it comes to enhancing our mental health is often overlooked.  It is the connections (or relationships) that we have with others.  Strong connections give us the feeling of being supported……..safe.  They can form the foundation of our overall well being.  When we go through tough times, knowing thatContinue reading “Strengthening Connections”

Gratitude

Gratitude and gratefulness. We hear these terms so often in our lives though finding a definition is not as easy as it may seem. It is more than just saying thank you.   Gratitude can be seen as being one of many different things; an attitude, part of our morals and values, a habit, an emotion.Continue reading “Gratitude”

Reflections #1

Emptiness………. It’s a strange feeling and one that I know something about. I had it come over me today, just out of the blue. There were no warnings that it was coming, just all of the sudden I felt a wave of nothing. I like to call it the void. This place of apathy. I’veContinue reading “Reflections #1”

What can we do?

A key aspect to help develop our mental health and wellbeing is to keep learning. Embrace ongoing education and become lifelong learners. As with all dimensions of our health, we can put things into practice that support the growth and development of our mental health. There are so many daily practices that we may takeContinue reading “What can we do?”

The importance of mental health.

WHY? It can be such an annoying question, however, it is the question that we should always ask when presented with any type of information. When it comes to our understanding of mental health, we should critically reflect and think over the importance for us as individuals and for each other. Ask why, so weContinue reading “The importance of mental health.”

Understanding mental health.

There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to the term “mental health”. When we hear and see this term, many in society start to associate it with “suffering” (which is not a good term to use around mental health anyway) or with illness. With a term that we use every day, we needContinue reading “Understanding mental health.”