Guest writer – by Ethan Donnelly

I think it’s about time we talk about Mental Wellness.

It’s universal, we all want to have a positive sense of well-being; everyone wants to be happy. So why don’t our lifestyles reflect this?

We are all so busy in our daily lives. We rush from activity to activity, while trying to focus on school, sports, clubs, chores, and work. All of that includes the added pressure from parents & peers, which makes for a harmful cocktail of stress, sleep-deprivation, and anxiety. We are always running short on free-time, rarely taking time to breathe. For many, this leads to a state of physical and mental un-wellness. It’s no wonder that 1 in 3 teens in high-school are currently suffering from Depression or Anxiety.

So what can we do to prevent this? How can I keep my mental wellbeing positive?

The answers may sound simple, but they each are extremely important to staying healthy.

  • Sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is crucial for overall health. Go to bed at a reasonable time, and shoot for 8 hours of rest a day.
  • Eat Healthy. Make sure you’re eating enough food to have energy to perform your tasks throughout the day. Try and limit junky processed foods, and instead eat more fresh and clean foods. They keep your body and your mind in a healthy state.
  • Get Active. Getting a good amount of physical activity each week reduces the chances of depression, and can help relieve stress and anxiety. Take breaks between studying to get moving!
  • Find your Zen. Meditation been scientifically proven to increase positive hormones in your brain and help reduce anxiety and depression. Other ways to find your Zen include taking a walk in nature, listening to calming music, or just taking time to breathe.
  • Seek Help. You’re not alone. There are many people who are waiting to help you. Find a trusted adult, or professional, and work through the struggles in your life. If you need urgent support, call Crisis Centre BC at 310-6789 (crisis hotline).
  • For Youth.  Call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.  KHP is Canada’s only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth.  Their service is completely anonymous and confidential – they don’t trace calls, they don’t have call display.  You don’t even have to tell them your name if you don’t want to. Find out more.

Mental Health is important. Everything we do is affected by our mental-wellbeing.  If we all took some time for ourselves and focussed on our minds, we may just find happiness through the struggles.

#StayStrong and #MakeTodayPositive!!  www.lightuppurple.com

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About Carol Todd

Being the mother of Amanda Todd has lead me on this journey shortly after Amanda's death on October 10, 2012. Amanda's prolific You Tube video has been viewed over 33 million times. Through this video, there has been an increased awareness about cyberbullying, social media safety and mental health. www.amandatoddlegacy.org
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