CMHA Waterloo Wellington joins individuals and organizations around the globe in celebrating International Self-Care Day on July 24, which aims to raise public awareness of the importance of self-care to stay healthy and prevent or delay illness.
Mental well-being is recognized as a pillar of self-care. Prioritizing self-care can increase resiliency, which can be helpful when faced with problems, stress, and other difficult situations. Many mental health programs provide strategies to improve resiliency skills like problem-solving, assertiveness, balancing obligations and expectations, and developing support networks.
As COVID-19 has had us shift to virtual offerings, CMHA Waterloo Wellington has an upcoming Self-Care webinar scheduled for July 27th. Created as a response to the pandemic, our Here4Help website also has a lot of great self-care tips: https://cmhaww.ca/events/maintaining-good-mental-health-self-care-during-covid-19/
CMHA Ontario also offers BounceBack®, a free skill-building program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry. This self-guided program offers telephone coaching, online videos and workbooks which you can do from the comfort of your home. Workbooks and coaching are available in multiple languages. For more information, visit bouncebackontario.ca/.
For more on International Self-Care Day and the seven pillars of self-care, visit the International Self-Care Foundation’s website.