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Tips for Mental Health Month

Look for things that make you smile. 

Even if you have to search the internet for pictures of babies or kittens, or puppies, do it if it will make you smile!

Get some exercise.

Take a walk, go for a hike, walk around downtown.  Do this by yourself or with someone you enjoy being with – just do it!

Have some quiet time.

Quiet time can be taken in your parked car, out in the open, while taking a bath, in your bedroom before getting out of bed.  Regenerate, reflect, look inside yourself.

Love yourself.

Look in the mirror and see the amazing person you are.  Don’t focus on the imperfections.  Celebrate the perfection of who you are.  Let self-criticism and self-blame fall away. 

Be of service. 

Helping someone, greeting a stranger, listening with interest, and being present are all ways of being of service.

Enjoy the moment.

Start a gratitude list.

If your present moment is stressful, begin a gratitude list.  Being alive can be the first item on your gratitude list.


Laugh Often!


Sometimes you just have to laugh.

I have worked with thousands of family members and caregivers over the past eight years and the stories of their struggles in supporting a loved one with mental illness are touching and sad. That is why laughter is a big part of my day - every day! I try to count my blessings, be grateful for the special, little things in my life, and celebrate everything good. Life happens. If I am lucky, I will be around for more. So, I choose to laugh rather than be sad, dance rather than sit still, experience rather than shut down. Today is good!