January is Mental Wellness Month

Mental wellness is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
 
If you're looking to improve your own mental wellness, here are some tips that you can use:
  1. Look for positives: When everything you seem to be falling apart, it’s so easy to focus on the negative. Start by looking for some small positives.
  2. Develop an attitude of gratitude: Taking the time to appreciate the people and things we are grateful for can help us feel better about ourselves.
  3. Slow down: With so much going on with our lives, both the mind and body can become overwhelmed. Make sure you are taking time for yourself to rest, relax, and do something that you enjoy.
  4. Connect with others: A key component of mental wellness is staying social. Regularly interacting with friends and family will prevent you from feeling isolated and lonely, both of which can negatively impact your mental health. Being around family and friends who have a positive outlook can also be very helpful when you're dealing with depression or another mental health issue.
  5. Ask for help: Talk to your friends and family and ask for support. Students can also contact their school counselor or school social worker for support.