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Mental Health Moment with Rob McCaffrey

Mental Health Advisor, Rob McCaffrey, discusses the importance of self-care and provides advice and tips on practicing several self-care routines and the importance of your own self-care checklist.  Enjoy!


Stress

Part 1 of 4 - Introduction
This session will include an explanation of why these techniques are important for us all, and how they can assist us in coping with stress and improving the quality of our lives.

Part 2 of 4 - Harvard Relaxation Response
This session will include an introductory daily practice to elicit the Relaxation Response using a simple Mindfulness breath and body meditation exercise for stress reduction and deep relaxation.

Part 3 of 4 - Stress Management
This session will include Stress Management - A three-minute breathing practice that you help you let go of overanalyzing and associating yourself with thoughts. This tool can be used before, during and after a stressful or traumatic experience to help diffuse its impact on the mind and body.

Part 4 of 4 - Deep Conscious Sleep
This session will include a deep relaxation 15-minute practice to help reduce stress and sleep disorders, and to cultivate awareness and a meditative state.

 

 

Self-Care

Self Care 1

Self Care 2


Self-Help

Mindfulness Coloring

TRY: Mindfulness Coloring Book

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Are you looking for a way to de-stress, relax or take your mind off of things? Kids Help Phone’s mindfulness colouring book can help you do exactly that. Take a moment to focus your energy by doing a creative exercise that pairs an inspiring phrase with a background. This exercise can help you practice mindfulness.

Practicing mindfulness can help you notice what’s going on for you right now and create space to reflect on your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Colouring is a self-care activity that has been shown to reduce stress and encourage focusing on the present moment. The five phrases below can serve as important reminders to be kind and compassionate to yourself, especially when you’re experiencing difficult emotions:

  • Progress not perfection
  • It’s OK not to be OK
  • I am enough
  • Leave today behind when it’s over – tomorrow is a new day
  • Turn the kindness you give to others inwards

We all need a break to reflect sometimes. How do these phrases make you feel? Which phrase is the most appealing or meaningful to you? Which phrase would be most helpful to focus on today, this week or this month? When you need a reminder, visit this page and practice being kind and gentle with yourself.

Grab your pencil crayons, markers or mouse and let's get started!  Click HERE