Itâ€™s Mental Health Awareness, Physical Fitness Month, National Womenâ€™s Health (Motherâ€™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 Childrenâ€™s Mental Health Awareness. Iâ€™m pretty sure you and I would agree that raising awareness is crucial. Together we can raise awareness about the importance of childrenâ€™s mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a childâ€™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 AdministrationÂ 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 Childrenâ€™s Mental Health Awareness
Having an appreciation for the little and the big things in lifeâ€”is proven to broaden our mental health. Iâ€™ve mentioned before in my articlesÂ on the many studies that prove that when we practice gratitude often, more happiness shows up.
RealÂ 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 awarenessâ€”just like your children may say their prayers at night, follow up with all that they are grateful for from their day.
Even if itâ€™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?
Show yourself and not just your children, all children daily compassion, love, caring, authenticity, laugher and more! Let yourself and provide them theÂ 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 canâ€™t ignore ourselves and of course our children.
Letâ€™s engage and speak to ourselves and our children how we speak to adults. It doesnâ€™t matter how old or young they are, they deserve respect, experiences, and a journey to embrace.
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. ReceiveÂ and girrllll it works!
Get All A’s
Whether you have children or not, Iâ€™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 everybodyâ€™s moves. Practice kindness and think about Identityâ€™s mission and message of getting all Aâ€™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 childrenâ€™s mental health?
This is an important monthâ€”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 itâ€™s never, never too late to practice, teach, and learn.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all Aâ€™s in the game of life â€“ 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 Aâ€™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. Â 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! Â 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 truthâ€”we are all perfectly imperfect. What are your not-so-perfect ways? What imperfections and quirks create who you areâ€”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. â€œI Love Myâ€¦â€ is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make youâ€¦wellâ€¦ 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 â€œI Love Myâ€¦?â€
I love my A game for life! Â Every day I work to be productive and it feels great!