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Practical Mental Health Exercises For You and Our Kids

Practical Mental Health Exercises For You and Our Kids
Susan Vernicek
Written by Susan Vernicek

I’m pretty sure you and I would agree that raising awareness is crucial. Together we can raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

With that, much of this can be ignited by us leading by example every chance we get.

It’s Mental Health Awareness, Physical Fitness Month, National Women’s Health (Mother’s Day) and many more awarenesses.

A great month to focus on Getting All A’s in the Game of Life and discovering your power of self-acceptance, appreciation and personal achievement.

Do You Have Mental Health Awareness?

This first week of May focuses on Children’s Mental Health Awareness. I’m pretty sure you and I would agree that raising awareness is crucial. Together we can raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth.

With that, much of this can be ignited by us leading by example every chance we get.

There are resources like Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help us spread the word, practice ourselves, and teach the children of our future.

Here Are a Few Actions and Exercises You Can Take for Children’s Mental Health Awareness

Appreciation/Gratitude

Having an appreciation for the little and the big things in life—is proven to broaden our mental health. I’ve mentioned before in my articles on the many studies that prove that when we practice gratitude often, more happiness shows up.

Real happiness, creates a stronger and more positive mental state.

If we can practice this with our children, as early as we start reading to them, I believe it will set them up for mental strength and positive awareness—just like your children may say their prayers at night, follow up with all that they are grateful for from their day.

Even if it’s the light in their room, get them in a routine to practice and teach them that everything in life is truly a gift. Children are our future and we are responsible to teach and guide them. Wouldn’t you agree?

Compassion

Show yourself and not just your children, all children daily compassion, love, caring, authenticity, laugher and more! Let yourself and provide them the  experience that every emotion (good and bad) have to offer.

I encourage you to teach yourself and them ways to heal, think, and problem solve. We can’t ignore ourselves and of course our children.

Let’s engage and speak to ourselves and our children how we speak to adults. It doesn’t matter how old or young they are, they deserve respect, experiences, and a journey to embrace.

Support

Find a circle of support of others who believe in a positive lifestyle for their families as well. Nothing in life is easy, so be sure to have a support team there for when you need help in any way. There is no shame, trust me please.

My friend Wendy at LiveAha.com taught me years ago to Ask. Believe. Receive and girrllll it works!

Get All A’s

Whether you have children or not, I’m sure there are children in your life or that you pass by in your day-to-day. Remember that we set examples; they watch everybody’s moves. Practice kindness and think about Identity’s mission and message of getting all A’s.

Take every moment and think about acceptance, appreciation, and achieving. Each moment is a teachable moment. How will you make a difference for your mental health and our children’s mental health?

This is an important month—Mental Health plays a vital role within our identities. Our mental wellbeing is probably the most difficult muscle to exercise. One thing I do know is that it’s never, never too late to practice, teach, and learn.

Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.

1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?

I accept the responsibility to teach and guide my two children to be compassionate, amd caring.  I accept and promise to seek and ask for help if and when I do need help.

2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate?

I appreciate all the resources currently available to help support our Mental Health!  I’m still working on Identity Magazine to continue to be one of the top online magazines for women for mental health awareness.

3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What makes YOU most proud? What goals and dreams do you still have?

Identity Magazine for sure! I’ve created a business that helps support my family and feeds my soul as well as my readers souls.

4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth—we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you are—your Identity?

Every week I seem to pick on my flaws. I’m currently working on not nagging my husband about the toothpaste in the sink after he brushes his teeth.

Really, what harm is it doing? Haha.

5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”

I love my A game for life!  Every day I work to be productive and it feels great!

About the author

Susan Vernicek

Susan Vernicek

Facts about Susan Vernicek:
• She’s happily married and a mother of 3.5 year old twins.

• She’s tried almost every fad diet back in her quick-fix days, admits at age 36 it’s a struggle to work hard on overall balance and is focused on not giving into the unhealthy fads we see daily.

• She’s all natural with natural blonde hair, uneven breasts, a bigger nose, and full of curves that she learns to appreciate more and more each day.

• She had a career where part of her job was staring at herself 40 hours a week manipulating her very own face as well as others.

• She’s the youngest of 7, ranging from 36-55+, an Aunt, Great Aunt and even younger than some of her nieces and nephews!

• She’s traveled and seen over 8 countries and spent a summer in London finding her passion and embracing life.

• She created S&J Identity, Inc. AKA IdentityMagazine.net, having no business background and at the age of 25.

•She's a certified Holistic Health Coach and Diamond BeachBody Coach

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