Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. Allison Ronda, ND
Given the constantly changing events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is experiencing different degrees of reaction and anxiety. We are not mental health practitioners, but there is evidence-based information that can help in times of high anxiety and stress. During these stressful times, it is more important than ever to take care of your mental health and wellness. If you are experiencing distress, please call your local crisis centre. and mental wellness go far beyond the basic needs of life. It is about being self-aware and learning to take care of your own mental health which includes connecting to others,  belonging, and learning how to relax. Relaxation techniques strive to create a natural relaxation response in your body. These techniques include practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, deep breathing exercises, guided imagery exercises, progressive relaxation, and biofeedback relaxation programs. If you take care of other people, you should also take care of yourself. How you take care of yourself is going to be different for everyone as we all have varying interests and needs. There is a wide variety of approaches you can take to help you in achieving mental health and wellness in your life.

  1. Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
  2. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a day.
  3. Stay active by ideally doing 30 minutes of exercise 4x per week.
  4. Practice breathing exercises.
  5. Write in a journal, or find a quiet space.
  6. Learn a new skill or hobby.
  7. Talk to someone daily.
  8. Get outside, go for a walk, and breathe in the fresh air.
  9. Give your brain a workout through games such as scrabble or crossword puzzles.
  10. Avoid cigarettes, drugs, and excessive alcohol.
  11. Treat yourself.
  12. Do something uplifting for yourself or for others.
  13. Learn stress management, relaxation techniques, and self-care.
  14. And remember to laugh.