Positive mental health high on the agenda for Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce
MINDING your mental health, that was the message coming loud and clear from Mental Health Ireland’s Area Development Officer Linda Thorpe, speaking at the September Wake Up Wednesday initiative, developed by Enniscorthy & District Chamber and sponsored by AIB.
Linda said we are all inclined to look after our physical wellbeing through regular exercise, balanced diet and frequent medical checkups, but few of us ever consider our mental wellbeing or what we could be doing to encourage our own positive mental health.
We all need to mind our mental health, Linda said, because the ‘ebb and flow of life will take its toll and we need to be equipped with the necessary tools to cope with its demands’.
We need to stay connected, nurturing relationships with friends and family. We all need a sense of purpose, doing things that bring meaning to our lives. We need to develop healthy habits like regular exercise, balanced diet and sufficient sleep. We need to recognise our own worth and learn to value ourselves. We need to laugh often. We need ‘go-to people’ when times get tough, friends or experts that we can talk to about our emotions. And we need to remain optimistic knowing and accepting that problems will pass and that we are not perfect and cannot be all things to all men.
‘ There are five recommended ways to mental wellbeing – connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give,’ said Linda. ‘Giving to others or doing something nice for someone else is good for you, seeing yourself and your happiness linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and create connectedness with the people around you.’
The AIB Wake Up Wednesday Programme is a wonderful initiative by Enniscorthy & District Chamber and is receiving a terrific response from the Enniscorthy business community. The next Wake Up Wednesday is on October 4 at 7.30am with guest speaker Jennie Frizelle. The Christmas Festival fundraising Dog Night will take place at Enniscorthy Greyhound Track on Thursday September 21.
For details on Mental Health and Wellbeing go to www.mentalhealthireland.ie
Linda Thorpe, Mental Health Ireland Area Development Officer and Maree Lyng, president of Enniscorthy and District Chamber of Commerce.