Talking About Mental Health December 2018 – GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCE
As we head through December and towards the holidays, it is important to be aware that this can be a very exciting time of year, but for some it is also a difficult time of year.
- eat well
- get good sleep
- don’t over schedule
- stay connected to family and friends
- keep daily routines going
- avoid over-use of technology
- get outside and enjoy the crisp, fresh air
HOLIDAY “CONNECTING & REFLECTING” IDEAS:
23 Days of Giving
Every day in December have everyone put something that they don’t use or need into a basket. Later in the month you can go as a family and donate to a shelter or community center
Have a wall in the house where everyone can add sticky notes of what they are grateful about from the year. Focus on lessons learned, new skills and strategies used throughout the year
Rose, Bud, Thorn
Have everyone identify one or two things that they feel were successes from the year (rose), something that was a struggle (thorn) and what they did to overcome the struggle, and something they are looking forward to in the new year (bud).
Signs to look for that someone is struggling Sometimes it’s hard to tell that someone is suffering. Here are some signs that someone is struggling.
- not coming to school or work
- not engaging with friends or family
- not participating in activities that they used to enjoy
- feeling hopeless
- increase use of drugs or alcohol
- changes in behaviour