The Promotion Team has created several short campaign messages to help community members think about promoting their own mental health. We have used the phrase “Take a minute…” to encourage individuals to work on mental health in a non-threatening way.
Take a minute and be thankful. Research demonstrates that practicing gratitude will make you happier and more able to cope with stress and trauma. One way to practice gratitude is to make a list of three things you are grateful for at the end of each day. This can also be a great bedtime activity with the whole family – each family member takes a turn to share with the rest of the family three things they are grateful for. The more we practice gratitude, the more grateful we feel… so take a minute and be thankful!
Take a minute and celebrate. Did you know that taking a minute to celebrate the little things can actually increase your overall happiness? Celebrating the little things teaches the brain to focus on goodness. Routinely pointing out positive things will train you to automatically focus on the good, leading to increased overall happiness. Try celebrating small things with your kids by asking them to share 3 good things that happened to them every day. Doing this routinely – for example, every night at bedtime – will help them increase their happiness and positivity. It is also important to celebrate with others when they experience some kind of achievement or accomplishment. So next time your neighbor, or spouse, or partner tells you some good news from their life, take a minute to celebrate with them. Try not to let your own busyness (or even feelings of jealousy) put a damper on their positive experience. Instead, see if you can celebrate with them by asking questions about the accomplishment so you both get to experience some positive emotions.
Take a minute and wonder. Experiencing awe and wonder is good for you! Let yourself marvel at something beautiful, feel dwarfed by nature, or inspired by a good deed. This experience will cause you to feel more open – open to helping others, to having new experiences, to thinking outside the box. Feeling wonder has also been proven to help you live in the moment, time will actually feel like it is slowing down allowing you to maximize your day. Try going for a walk outside, saying a prayer, doing meditation, or doing something kind to increase awe in your life.