We are coming up on a year since we first went into lockdown due to the coronavirus. Throughout the pandemic, mental health and maintaining positive mental health has been a top priority as we all navigate the constant pressure and stress that this situation has created. At BOKS, we are grateful for all that our trainers do to keep their kids moving and helping to support their mental health through movement. We hope this article allows you some insight as you focus on your own mental health and well-being.
Mental health- what is it?
Often, mental health is used synonymously with mental illness- but the truth is, they are two sides of the same coin. While approximately one in three adolescents in age 10-17 had a mental health problem (I-NAMHS, 2022). Mental health is a state of well-being, and just like physical health, isn’t just about the absence of illness. It’s important to create environments in which we, and those around us, can thrive rather than just simply survive through all life’s unexpected twists and turns! Here are a few things that signal your mental health is on track (CMHA, 2020):
This year has surely put our mental health to the test, as this prolonged state of uneasiness continues to linger. In order to be in a position to support those around us (students, family, friends, etc.), we first need to ensure we’re taking care of ourselves! We risk burning out if we continue to fill the proverbial cups around us while ours remains empty.
What can we do to maintain a healthy mind?
There are a huge variety of ways to support our own mental health, as well as the mental health of those we care about. It’s important to recognize that each persons’ mental health journey is unique, and strategies to maintain a healthy mind will be very individualized. Generally, there are some things we can do to create a healthy environment for healthy minds to THRIVE:
It will take some time to figure out exactly what helps maintain your own mental health, but it’s time well spent!
Center for Reproductive Health, University of Queensland, & Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2022). Indonesia – National Adolescent Mental Health Survey (I-NAMHS) Report. Center for Reproductive Health.
Canadian Mental Health Association. (2010) Resilience: Impact Report 2020.
Written by: BOKS Canada Team