"Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel." Eleanor Brown
As a mother, wife, daughter, caregiver and holistic health practitioner, I feel that this quote really speaks to me! I have noticed all too often that many of us put our own health at risk by doing too much and not caring enough for ourselves.
Mental Health Week this year is May 7-13th. Nearly all of us have had personal experience with mental illness in ourselves or in those close to us. Whatever our experiences, it is important to keep in mind that everyone can work towards mental health. The Canadian Mental Health Association says that mental health is more than just the absence of illness. Mental health means having a good sense of self, purpose, hope, resilience and belonging. How you feel about yourself and other people impacts your mental health which is key to your overall health.
So what does mental health mean to you? How are you looking after it? If you would like more information on this topic, please check out: mentalhealthweek.ca.
Wellness tip for May:
Reflexology point for Anxiety: Reflexing the solar plexus point is a powerful, but inconspicuous way to help you manage your own stress levels. When you start to feel anxious, use one of your thumbs to press and hold your opposite hand between your 3rd and 4th fingers about a third of the way down your palm. You can hold this point for 1-2 minutes to help encourage deep breathing and a sense of wellbeing!
Donna-Michelle Rancoeur is a Registered Reflexologist (RRPR), a Reiki Master and an Indian Head Massage Practitioner.