Mental Health Mondays – “Unlocking the Keys to Mental Wellbeing”

Mental Health Mondays - June 29 Event

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Key Takeaways – June 29, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Christin Collins, System Director of Health & Wellness for Lee Health and Liaison to Healthy Lee

“Unlocking the Keys to Mental Wellbeing”

  1. Mental well-being is part of Lee Health’s six-spoke mental wellness wheel. The Wellness Wheel (leehealth.org/health-and-wellness) addresses how lifestyle impacts our health. More than 80% of chronic disease is preventable or correctable through lifestyle changes. While mental and behavioral health is a spoke on the wellness wheel, each of these relate to mental well-being. Spokes on the wheel are:
    1. Nutrition
    2. Physical Activity
    3. Sleep
    4. Stress
    5. Mental and Behavioral Health
    6. Purpose
  1. Self-care. How are you taking care of yourself? Foundationally, we have to start with self before we can help others. Self-care does not make you selfish. When we take care of ourselves and our own well-being, we are capable of connecting with others. Seven steps on how to know and like yourself:
    1. Be present and breathe. It’s important to just sit and be. We are not our thoughts; we are the being that observes them. Tools to help mindfulness include:
    2. Reduce distractions. Put down the phone. Turn off the TV. Let go of the past, don’t worry about the future and be present.
    3. Feel our emotions. We’re not here to be happy all the time. Sometimes in difficulty, the greatest growth happens.
    4. Know and own your purpose (6th spoke on the Wellness Wheel). Take the pause for your mental well-being by knowing your life’s purpose.
    5. Cast your vision. What do you want your life to be? Have a sense of where you are going, what you are moving towards. Know the kind of person you want to be.
    6. Release the judgement of others. Learn to let go of things you can’t control. Contemplate the lesson you can learn from things you don’t like and consider what you are projecting on others. Everyone has their own lens for processing the information we are bombarded with daily.
    7. Raise our own positive energy and vibration. How are you charging your own battery? Express gratitude for blessings and experiences. Try these exercises:
      • Three Things: Each night before going to bed, list 3 things you are grateful for. It’s a great way to end the day. When you do it for 21 days, it’s amazing how positive vibes and energy raises with gratitude.
      • Another way to raise your energy is to journal. It’s a great way to download and get rid of things.
      • Also, connect with nature. I do a color walk. I pick a color and look for it all around me. It makes me focus on the present moment and take in my environment.
      • Be creative. I use an adult coloring book to decompress!
      • Lastly, have fun! What is fun for you?
      • Recommended: “Free to be You” talk. (https://insighttimer.com/dorakamau)
  1. Showing up authentically within our families and our communities. We can use many of the same basic self-care tools when we are participating with our families.
    1. Be present and intentionally listen. It’s so easy to think about what we are doing next. If we can’t be present, it’s OK to say so, and encourage revisiting later.
    2. Open yourself and be authentic. It’s not “I’m right and you are wrong”.
    3. Engage in straight talk from a place of love and compassion. It’s OK to hold people accountable. It’s OK and necessary sometimes to have hard conversations.
    4. Forgive and heal. When we feel hurt by others, they may not ask for our forgiveness, but by forgiving them, we can release ourselves from hurt.
  1. Organizational health and creating a culture of well-being at work.
    1. You must have trust. People can show up authentically, be true and make mistakes.
    2. You must have conflict and healthy tension to have growth.
    3. Commit to walking forward together.
    4. Accountability (straight-talk) from a place of trust.
    5. Shared results. When organization is thriving, everyone thrives. This applies to families too.