Express Your Well-Being
This week, you can Express Your Well-Being and #ExpressYourself by attending/sharing one of San Mateo County’s FREE and virtual May Mental Health Awareness Month (MHAM) events listed at bit.ly/2020mham (please note space is limited!).
Maintaining your well-being through regular self-care prevents burnout, reduces the negative effects of stress, and helps you refocus – and it doesn’t have to cost a thing.
However, making time to focus on your well-being isn’t always easy. Self-care isn’t about being selfish or getting a reward — it is a critical part of maintaining our well-being. As author Brianna Wiest says: “Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure. True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.”
Real self-care is a thoughtful practice that builds well-being over time. Here are some resources to help build this practice and express your well-being:
- Find resources and tips on self-care in the Each Mind Matters infographics: Steps to Self-Care and Tips for Self-Care During COVID-19 (now available in California’s threshold languages)
- For folks who like a more structured approach, or people who are experiencing mental health challenges or those living with chronic health conditions, a more comprehensive self-care planning approach may be helpful. In this case, a helpful tool one may want to consider is Wellness Recovery Action Planning, developed by Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland. Or take a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) workshop offered by our local Voices of Recovery San Mateo County.
#BeTheOneSMC to #ExpressYourself
If you or a loved one are in need of mental health local support for mental health and substance use issues, contact these 24/7 numbers:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
- Starvista Crisis Hotline (San Mateo County): 650-579-0350
- ACCESS Call Center (San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services): 800-686-0101
- California Peer-Run Warmline: 855-845-7415