There is a direct correlation between adverse childhood experiences and mental health. Many adults and children just survive due to the adversity experienced in their childhood the more adversity the higher the risk for disease. Awareness starts with discussion and education; May concluded Mental Health Awareness Month and has sparked discussions and knowledge since 1949. Often education and treatment can mean the difference between just surviving and thriving.
What are adverse childhood experiences, they are events like neglect, poverty, divorce, and abuse and can place an adult at risk for chronic diseases and early mortality. Creating a Wellness Plan can help regulate the effects of adversity and promote resilience. Wellness Plans can help you develop habits that encourage prevention strategies to counter potential challenging health outcomes from high doses of adversity.
Wellness Plans can include
● Sleep hygiene
● Drinking at least 3 liters of water per day.
● Physical Activity
● Staying away from toxic thoughts, toxic people, and toxic conversations.
● Engaging in positive thoughts and conversations.
● Practicing strategies to evoke the Relaxation Response
● Regulation of emotions.
● Practicing gratitude.
● Avoiding “screen time” and engage in more “in person time.”
● Visiting your doctor for prevention screenings
● Taking time for yourself every day.
The Restoration Space provides resources to help develop Wellness Plans through Counseling