Joseph Campbell writes, “We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.” To grow in joy, take time every day to count your blessings. Take time to help others, especially those who need your help. Be generous. Generosity is not about how much you have but about helping others with what you do have. Practice thankfulness, helping others, and being generous with your resources, it may be the medicine you need to cure your anger and be less stressed.
Journaling is one of the best tools you can put in your mental health toolbox. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Be intentional and set aside a few minutes every day to write. Make it easy by keeping a pen and paper handy, or if you prefer, use an app on an electronic device. You don’t need to follow any certain structure. YOU can write or draw in whatever way meets your needs and preferences. Don't worry about what other people might think or about doing it right. Your journal is for you. Start journaling and see the impact it has on your mental health.
Author Catherine Fenwick writes “Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy.” Let’s talk about play and its impact on mental health. If we are going to manage our stressors and right now there are a lot, we must make time for play. Play means fun and recreation...not zoning out in front of a screen.
According to the website helpguide: laughter is strong medicine. It strengthens your immune system, boosts your mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the effects of stress. Bob Hope said, “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.”
Be intentional about laughter. Play with a pet, see a comedian, check a humor book out of the library. Tell funny stories with friends. Spend time laughing, you’ll reenergize and think more clearly. So, Go bowling. Play pool…miniature golf… or plan an outing to an event with friends. invest in art supplies, build a model, get some construction toys, or science kits. Improve your mental health and invest some time in having fun.
-Jerry Strausbaugh, EdD, LPCCS, Executive Director
University of Rochester medical center