Published By: Cedar Sinai Mental Health Center
Celebrating mental wellness means honoring your mental health by bringing awareness to the topic and participating in activities that promote overall well-being. Below are some ideas to get you started for January Mental Wellness Month, but you can customize your list to fit your needs and interests.
1. Create a Mental Wellness Gift
Gift-giving is a rewarding experience in the brain. It triggers a release of pleasure chemicals. Giving gifts that help others invest in their mental wellness can be even more rewarding. Personalize each wellness gift based on likes and preferences. For example, don’t schedule a massage for a coworker or friend who hates being massaged. Plus, massages can be pricey. Wellness gifts do not have to cost much. Ideas include:
- Essential oils
- Adult coloring books
- Self-help products
- Relaxation gifts
- Encouraging notes and cards
- Don’t forget to customize a wellness gift for yourself too!
2. Create Boundaries Between Home, School, Work, and Social Life
Arguing with your spouse right before you leave for work means those emotions will follow you into your workday and affect how you do your job. Working from home after work hours means your job is interfering with your home life and the time you spend with loved ones.
It is crucial to set boundaries between the sectors of your life to stay mentally well. Without boundaries, your world will become consumed with the biggest problem at the time. Suppose you disagree with a coworker. If you go out with friends for dinner, the conversation will focus on that disagreement.
When you get home, your time with loved ones will be spent discussing it. Trying to focus on schoolwork or anything else will be challenging. This does not represent mental wellness.
Creating boundaries means establishing rules with the people in your life regarding how you will handle various situations so that all of you remain mentally well and come to an agreeable solution.
3. Host Activities That Boost Mental Wellness
An activity that boosts mental wellness is anything that allows you to be creative, have fun, feel rewarded, and teach you something. They can be done alone but are even more effective in groups. Examples of activities include:
- Host a craft night
- Take your pets to the park
- Join a sober paint party
- Attend group counseling, such as a DBT-Informed skills group
- Take a class to reduce stress (yoga, meditation)
- Learn to cook healthy from a local chef
- Enjoy spa days
- Learn new hobbies
Brainstorm ideas with the people you want to join you in promoting mental wellness. Get creative and make sure everyone participating is included in the planning process.
Celebrate Mental Wellness After January
Rather than dedicate one month to mental wellness, think of January Mental Wellness Month as the kickoff month to a year of wholesome mental wellness. To make it easy, give each month a wellness focus. February is “love yourself” month. June is “get outdoors” month, and so on. Because mental illnesses and mental health symptoms are treatable and manageable, you can enjoy mental wellness for the rest of your life. You deserve it!