Practice radical acceptance with Wellness Wednesday!

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

Wellness Wednesday emails are designed to provide you with simple tools, information, and resources to encourage positive and healthy lifestyle choices. As a proud recipient of The Healthy Arizona Worksite Award, The Be Kind People Project is committed to the health and wellness of its employees, friends, and family.

 

A quick check-in

Happy Wednesday, wellness warriors! We’re almost done with 2021, so let’s do a quick little check-in. How are you doing? No, how are you REALLY doing?

We faced A LOT of obstacles and uncertainty this past year, so it’s okay if your feelings are a little all over the place right now. 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 U.S youth experience serious mental health conditions each year, but about half receive treatment. Let’s learn about some ways that we can find help for ourselves or our loved ones.

Get in some screen time

We’ve all had our fair share of screen time this past year, but our screens could help our mental health. Mental Health America developed a free online screening tool to help you check in on your mental health. Did we mention it’s free?

Note: These screenings are meant to provide a current screenshot of your mental health status. These are NOT a diagnosis of a mental health condition. If your results state that you are currently experiencing mental health symptoms, please consider sharing with someone you trust (ideally a mental health professional).

Get radical

Consider this: Some things are out of our control. I repeat: Some things are out of your control (Author’s note: If you are like me, this is a hard pill to swallow). This is where radical acceptance helps us with managing our feelings and reactions towards these situations.

Radical acceptance is the mindset and acceptance that there are situations that are out of control. Naturally, this is easier said than done, and it doesn’t make dealing with the situation any easier. That’s fine – we are human! Here are some tips to help you out.

  • Accept and feel your feelings, then work through them using your go-to coping techniques.
  • These situations might make you feel tense, so take a moment to release the tension and relax your body. Take a hot bath or shower, do some deep breathing exercises, or go for a walk.
  • Practice makes perfect! Start small by practicing radical acceptance when your internet is acting up during a Zoom call or Teams meeting (we’ve all been there) or when sitting in traffic.

Strong Support

Take some time today to practice healthy habits for your body and mind! Go for a walk, leave sticky notes with affirmations for yourself around the house, or watch your favorite movie or tv show.

 

If you, or someone you know, are struggling with mental health issues and need someone to talk to, click here for a list of national warmlines you can use today. If you, or someone you know, is in a crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Published on September 8th, 2021
By Krysta Flores, School Wellness Programs & Events Coordinator

Questions? Comments? Want to contribute to the Wellness Wednesday Bulletin?
Send your ideas to Krysta Flores at krysta@bkpp.org.

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