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Shauna

– The power of positive thinking. If you are thinking negatively about yourself or your situation you are most likely going to feel poorly. I try to always think of the positives in every situation (no matter how small). Looking at things from that perspective can really change the overall outlook! 

– Ensure I have ‘me time’ daily, even if it’s for 5 minutes. Getting time to myself to do whatever I want to do, not need to do, is really important for my mental health

– Spending time outdoors. I have a wonderful dog that gets me outside everyday, rain, shine or snow. Breathing fresh O2 and seeing the beautiful creations of nature is one of the best self care things I do!! 

– A special beverage of choice – whether it’s a London fog, glass of red wine or a bubbly water, I enjoy sipping on a favourite beverage as part of my self care:)

 

Amy

“Staying Active and exercising regularly help relieve stress, improve memory, help me sleep better and boost my overall mood. Zumba, Tabata, HIIT, yin yoga and kickboxing are my favorite exercises. I meditate daily using the Calm apps to practice mindfulness and slow down to recharge and relax.  You can also try other apps such as Insight Timer, Headspace, or Unplug!”

 

Christine

As a working mom with two kids under the age of 5, I’ve learned the hard way that if I don’t make my mental health a priority, everyone ends up paying a price.  As the saying goes “you can’t pour from an empty cup”; therefore I ensure to find time to fill up my own every day.  I try to move my body in a way that feels enjoyable, such as tobogganing, trail walks and dance parties with the kids. I also practice breathing techniques to help ground myself during stressful times.  Finally, I make it a point to plan social events with friends every few weeks to connect with those who bring joy to my life.

Britney 

When it comes to supporting my own mental health, one of the most important things I have learned (and am still learning to be honest!) is creating strong boundaries in my life to protect my self-care space. As someone who needs alone time to rest and recharge, that looks like protecting at least one evening a week for a quiet night in. Whether it’s reading a book, having a movie night, or some cuddles with my dog, I need weekly rhythms that include downtime so I can refill my cup and feel ready and rejuvenated to pour into those around me the rest of the week! I also find time outside incredibly grounding, so I regularly make space for walks with my dog and try to plan weekend hikes with trusted friends – we get fresh air, some joyful movement, and it’s great to talk with people I trust about what’s going on in my life.

Daniela D.

To take care of my mental health, I first notice when it’s lacking, and I’m stressed. When I notice it, I immediately make time in my day/week to pause and do some self-care. Meditating, journaling, walking my dog and doing activities I enjoy like puzzles and making a yummy healthy meal or drink helps. To support others, I’ve learnt to really focus on listening with empathy and understanding and less trying to solve the problem and offer suggestions. 



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