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Take ownership of your wellness with a mental health toolbox

Topic: News

If you’ve ever built something – from a DIY birdhouse kit to something more complex, like a piece of furniture – you know that having the right tools makes all the difference.

But have you ever thought about the tools you need to have in place to address the difficulties you might face regularly?

From everyday stresses to significant life events, we all face challenges in life. The big question is: How do you deal with those challenges – with healthy habits or unhealthy ones?

Indulging in certain foods or activities can feel good at the moment; but like using duct tape to repair a broken chair, the short-term fix often leads to long-term disappointments.

That’s why it’s important to have a series of helpful resources so you can feel properly equipped to manage them, a wellness toolbox to find just the right thing to handle the current situation. This is particularly important for anyone living with an addiction or in recovery when you might be especially tempted to fall back on bad habits or patterns.

Build a wellness toolbox that includes activities, places or things that bring you a sense of calm, security, peace and happiness to turn to when challenging situations arise. Here are a few tools to consider:

  • Prayer, meditation, mindfulness practices or yoga.
  • A safe place, person or object that makes you feel peaceful, happy and stable.
  • Physical activities that refresh and re-energize you, such as walking, running or exercise classes.
  • A playlist of uplifting and positive music or sounds.
  • Hobbies that help you “switch off” your active mind for a bit.
  • Mood-boosting foods that are rich in nutrients and enzymes such as B vitamins, probiotics, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Time with trusted people who are willing to listen and be encouraging.
  • Volunteering for local organizations, which has been found to reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose.

Mental health and addiction treatment centers, including Community Care Services, work with clients to develop a plan of action for recovery and long-term success. No matter what you might be facing – or will face in the future – it’s important to have the right set of resources readily available to keep your mental health in the right state; with the right tools on hand, you’ll be ready to build the foundation for the healthy life you deserve.

Susan Kozak has been a licensed social worker for the past 31 years and currently serves as the executive director of Community Care Services, a position she has held since 2011