World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is every October 10th. The theme for this year is Mental Health in the Workplace. The World Health Organization says that '"During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall well-being." Taking care of your mental health at work, and at home, can help you to be more productive. 

Dr. Dan Siegel talks about the different aspects needed for us to have a healthy mind, as pictured above. The Healthy Mind Platter seems fitting after just celebrating thanksgiving, as we may have had full plates and full hearts, we also need to have a full and healthy mind. Here is a little insight from Dr. Siegel about each aspect of the platter:
​Focus Time - When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time - When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time - When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time toappreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain's relational circuitry.
Physical Time - When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In - When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
Down Time - When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Sleep Time - When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

Taking time to nurture your mental health is important. Are you filling your platter in the best way for you? 

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