'Choose 5 a day' Challenge - for great mental health!
Just like eating fruit and veges is great for physical health, so are Mental Health ‘fruit and vege’ habits! We just need a friendly reminder to make healthy choices:
This is ‘Choose 5 a day’ for great Mental Health - Click here to read the Blog
Below are 15 daily habits that have a positive mental benefit. If we were to do 5 or more these every day, then the cumulative effect would result in greater personal Mental Healthiness, happiness, and positivity. A brief explanation of each box is below the poster (below) you can learn more about each by clicking on the links, where provided..
You can download the image or poster at the bottom of the page and use it as a daily reminder and checklist.
A simple campaign like this promoted by everyday kiwis could change New Zealand and the future mental health of our country. So would you help share this by putting it up at your work, school or home? Lets help ourselves and other kiwis choose 5 a day and make a healthy choice!
8 + hours sleep - getting enough sleep is an important factor for great mental health
Exercise - getting blood pumping releases endorphins (a positive feeling chemical)
Positive input - podcasts and audio books that inspire, educate and build you up
Thankfulness - being thankful helps you to see all that is going well and what you do have
Outside time - time in nature, breathing the air, being around plants
Eating well - food rich in nutrients gives your body energy for the day
Giving - love, kind words, gift, help, encouragement, your attention. Giving turns your attention to others and feels great
Positive self talk - ‘I will do my best, I can give it a go, I can do this’ are all healthy confessions
Forgiveness - ‘forgiving is like setting a prisoner free and realizing that prisoner was you.’
Do what you love - swimming, walking, riding, drawing, playing games…
Time with uplifting friends - find people who don’t bring you down
Use your talents - find out what you are naturally gifted at, everyone has something, it just may not be obvious ie: listening, patience, helping are talents
Dreaming and planning - dream of something and plan to make it happen
Journalling - this helps to get your feelings and thoughts on a page which can help you process them
Joke, smile and laugh - find something funny, a joke, comedian, a video and let the laughter flow.
What other things would you add to contribute to your Mental Health?:
Doing fun things with your family
Going on a date
Having a cause that you live for daily