Tuesday, October 6, 2009

How can I become more mentally healthy?

Keeping mentally healthy is just as important as staying physically healthy and it’s as easy as A-B-C: Act-Belong-Commit.

Act:
take a walk, read a book, do a crossword puzzle, dance, say g’day. Being active physically, socially and mentally helps us cope with stresses, builds friendships and lifts our spirits. Make a list of things you enjoy and spend more time doing them!

Belong:
join a book club, a sporting team, a walking group or start a cooking class. Be more involved in community organisations and attend community events. Hang out with people who share your values and interests. Belonging helps build friendships, creates opportunities for meaningful participation, strengthens communities and it simply feels good!

Commit:
make that extra ‘commitment’ to a hobby or a good cause. Help out a neighbour, or volunteer for a good cause. Be a coach or a mentor. Support your community clubs and groups. Try something challenging; learn a new skill. These activities give meaning to life. Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health. Act-Belong-Commit.

How can I get involved?

Look in your local community directory for hobby groups in your area
Contact your local council, community development officer
Surf the web. Most local governments have a community directory on their website
Ask your friends, neighbours and colleagues about groups they are involved in
Scan your local newspaper; community newspapers contain a wealth of information on local activities and events

Article from http://www.actbelongcommit.org.au/-Individual-.html

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