EXTENSION EXPRESSIONS

Give yourself the gift of good mental health
Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Montana State University Extension has partnered with the MSU Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery and One Montana, to provide evidence-based research on mental health programming.  

By no means are we here to give diagnosis or treatment, but we are here to bring educational resources to local communities or find connections to resources for those seeking help.

With the holiday season upon us it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves. Holidays bring cheers of joy and time spent with loved ones, but the holidays can also bring about financial stress, busy social calendars and high expectations.

Please remember to take time out for your own self-care during this holiday season.

Here are a few tips, taken from Holiday Self-Care Tips from the Mental Health First Aid Community. (2017, December 6). Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2017/12/holiday-self-care-tips-mental-health-first-aid-community/ for providing that holiday self-care we all need:

Spend quality time with the people you enjoy being around! Someone who listens to you, makes you laugh and makes you feel valuable and important to them.

HALT- With this principle each line stars with, “Don’t allow yourself to get too…”

H- Hungry

A- Angry

L- Lonely

T- Tired.

Practice gratitude, reminding yourself of all you are grateful for- life, health, family, friends and support. You don’t need extra gifts, money or parties to give you more.

Exercise! It can be trying, but exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress and burn off the extra calories from all the delicious food.

Set boundaries of what you know you can and cannot handle.

Enjoy the little things. Walking around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights, or simply enjoying a nice hot cup of cocoa around a fire.

Have a wonderful holiday season and remember to take care of YOU.

Adults, are you passionate about something? Share your passion and knowledge with a new generation by becoming a 4-H volunteer. There are over 200 different project areas available to Montana 4-Hers, but they need a caring and knowledgeable adult to guide their hands-on learning.

Learn more about becoming a 4-H volunteer by contacting the Extension office at stillwater@montana.edu . Must be at least 21 years of age to volunteer.

UPCOMING EVENT: Everyone (children, teens and adults), are welcome to attend the upcoming REEF 4-H Fund-raiser on Dec. 27 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Be sure to say you there for 4-H as part of the entry fee will be donated to our local Stillwater County 4-H program!

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