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Mental Health Awareness – Self-Care & Coping Skills

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May 1, 2023
Brandi Silver

This is Brandi Silver, FCS agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. Our program today kicks off my Mental Health Awareness series and I will focus on the power of self-care and coping skills.

Mental health is a continuum that everyone moves on throughout our lives, and just like physical health, there are steps we can take to improve our mental health and avert future challenges.

Self-care is something we integrate into our routine to proactively support our mental health. This doesn’t need to be manicures and massages. While those are great treats, routine self-care looks more like journaling, meditation, practicing gratitude, and yoga. Incorporating these practices daily can improve our mental health and reduce negative feelings like depression and anxiety.

Anxiety is a natural response to stressful situations. Anxiety becomes detrimental when it is persistent, excessive, or interferes with your daily functioning. Having a toolbox of coping techniques is a great way to assist in alleviating symptoms. Here are a few techniques to add to your box.

Focusing on your breath takes your mind off the anxious thought and slows your heart rate and breathing, helping you calm down.

The cognitive reframing technique helps you shift your thinking to view your situation from a different perspective.

Physical activity diverts your focus from your mind to your body and increases the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine.

This has been Brandi Silver with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center reminding you that a healthy mind matters! For more information, contact us 764-9480.