Mental Wellness Month

If you have ever wondered how “Speech-Language Pathology” has frequently ended up on the lists of “Least Stressful Jobs,” then you’re most likely not alone. Chronic stress of school-based SLPs is a considerable factor in overall burnout, leading to shortages across the nation. Whether or not you are new to this field or have been practicing for years, chronic stress is something that may have steadily and sneakily crept up on you without any immediate symptoms. Signs of burnout include disassociation from staff and clients; increased cynicism about the effectiveness of one’s job; emotional fatigue; decreased productivity; frequent absences or tardies; dread of returning to work; increased irritability; or even physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach pain, fatigue, dehydration, etc. Occasional bouts of stress are normal and can even be beneficial, helping you overcome those moments of procrastination. But it should come as no shock that chronic stress, which is stress that the body has been exposed to for long periods of time resulting in an inability to perform functional life tasks, can have significant negative effects on one’s health.

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Mental Wellness Month

January is Mental Wellness month. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, January is a great time to evaluate stress in your life and take action to promote a healthy mental state. This can be especially important for those of us working in a school setting. The Mayo Clinic considers those working in a “helping profession,” such as therapists, counselors, school psychologists, or teachers, to be at a higher risk for job burnout, which can include anxiety, depression, and overall elevated stress. Luckily, the effects of job burnout can be reduced or avoided. Following healthy habits to promote mental health leads to a more enriching life, both at work and at home!

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Children’s Mental Health

With so much negativity out in our world, especially with easy access to social media, it’s time to encourage children, young people and adults to celebrate their uniqueness and focus on the positive.  They get enough negative focused talk from home and school.  I’m not say there’s anything wrong with the different Anti-Bullying, Anti-Drugs, Anti-Alcohol, Anti-Hate programs. In fact, these are all great programs to have. But parents and teachers, let’s take some time to look at “Pro”, instead of always “Anti”.

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Mental Wellness Month

“An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure.” –Benjamin Franklin

January is Mental Wellness month, and after the whirlwind that is the holiday season, most of us are ready to take a little “me” time.  Maybe it’s a resolution you’re ready to tackle, or maybe you just need a break to reset.  A healthy state of well-being is the catalyst needed to cope with the many stressors of life.  Relationships, financial issues, and work can put your mental well-being at risk, but acquiring the skills to improve mental wellness can help safeguard against the effects of life’s difficulties.

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