Let’s Talk. Really, Let’s

Today is #BellLetsTalk raising money for mental health initiatives: the world’s biggest conversation about mental health.

#BellLetsTalk is an annual campaign that works to raise money and awareness for mental health initiatives. Every year on #BellLetsTalk Day, Bell donates 5 cents to mental health initiatives in Canada for every text, call, tweet, and social media video view with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. This campaign has raised over $100 million since its inception and continues to provide both funding and awareness to mental health initiatives across Canada. The campaign has grown substantially and now includes a wide variety of awareness initiatives, including a mental health pledge, mental health articles, and interactive conversations. BellLetsTalk has made tremendous strides in bringing important conversations about mental health to the forefront and is an important supporter of mental health initiatives in Canada.

I was just chatting with my counsellor about this yesterday. Mental health has been greatly altered by the pandemic, she is seeing it in so many areas. Work, school, family life. I’ve been struggling recently and discussed ways I can reach out, grow my “team” of people I trust who have my back for when s**t hits the fan.

It is hard to open up. Admit you are hurting, worried or angry. Talking to someone can often help & that’s why it’s such an important day.  Do you make your mental health a priority? And how? I would love to hear how you handle the tough times. I think by sharing even the easy tips, we can help each other make that step.


5 Tips I use for Daily Mental Health Management


1. Exercise Regularly:

Exercise is a great way to help manage mental health on a daily basis. It can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase confidence. Exercise can also help to improve sleep, which can be a major factor in managing mental health. Regular exercise can also help to reduce anxiety and depression, as well as improve overall mental health.

2. Practice Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is a great way to stay in tune with your mental health on a daily basis. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as increase focus and clarity. Practicing mindfulness can also help to increase selfawareness and acceptance, which can be a key factor in managing mental health.

3. Spend Time with Friends and Family:

Spending time with friends and family can be a great way to manage mental health on a daily basis. It can provide a sense of support and connection, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety. It can also help to improve selfesteem, as well as provide a sense of belonging.

4. Get Enough Sleep:

Getting enough sleep is essential for managing mental health on a daily basis. Not getting enough sleep can lead to stress, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. It can also lead to depression and other mental health issues. Getting enough sleep can help to reduce stress and improve overall mental health.

5. Eat a Healthy Diet:

Eating a healthy diet can be a great way to manage mental health on a daily basis. Eating a balanced diet can help to improve mood, reduce stress, and improve overall mental health. Eating a healthy diet can also help to provide the energy and nutrients needed to keep mental health in check.
I recently went through a difficult month. I didn’t talk about it on air or my other platforms, mostly because I wasn’t ready to accept what was happening. Long story short, there was someone who was threatening me–and I became a nervous wreck. We had all hands on deck, including the incredible team at Victim Services. I knew police, my family and “squad” all had my back.  But that said, I wasn’t sleeping, eating or really functioning. I’m not sure if depressed was where I was at, anxious for sure. I felt everything and none of it was good. I turned within myself and kind of shut down. That’s when we all knew it was time I opened up to someone. I’ve been seeing my counsellor since and it’s made a world of difference.
I want you to know I am here, on your team. Even if you think, gosh, I don’t really know her– know this. I will always greet you with a warm hug and an ear.  I love you, I’ve got your back!
XO Shauna Foster


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