Louisville, Ky. – October 8, 2018 – During October, Signature HealthCARE is taking the time to bring attention and to raise awareness of mental health across the country. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being affecting how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. For caregivers, mental health is important so that they may continue serving others.
There are many ways in which caregivers can improve their mental health. Behavioral health experts at Serenity, a Signature division, share six tips for caregivers’ daily self-care.
Go Outside! – Take a walk. Go for a jog. Sit in a garden or courtyard. Being outdoors provides therapeutic benefits that provide a mood boost and provide individuals with a sense of connectedness to nature. Adventure outside and enjoy the weather.
Use Humor! – Tell a joke. Watch a comedy. Read a funny book. Laughter is the best medicine and provides an instant mood boost! Laugh it up!
Dance! – Shaking your booty doesn’t just make for a fit physique. It may also improve both mood and body image, lead to a better outlook, is associated with a lower risk for dementia, and even help you make friends.
Listen to Music! – Music has the power to instantly change a person’s mood. Additionally, listening to music helps to strengthen learning and memory, helps to reduce signs and symptoms of depression, and provides people with an extra boost of energy.
Meditate or Pray! – Meditation and prayer are proof that it doesn’t take a ton of time to do a mind and body good. Just a few minutes of quieting your mind can help relieve stress. Other benefits include a boost in compassion and emotional stability, and some research suggests that meditating and praying could even keep winter illness at bay. The best part? The benefits continue even when we’re not meditating and praying. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Find a few moments each day to get away from everyone and everything to sneak some meditation and prayer into your day-to-day life!
Curse! – Research also shows swearing can reduce physical pain and may even boost confidence and self-esteem. But, as they say, timing is everything—so be sure to filter your expletives to avoid adding embarrassment to stress.