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It's the first Friday of the month and time for #FamilyFirstFriday ⭐️

We found a fantastic article with a 31 day challenge that's all about giving you and your loved ones a mental health boost! It's easy to focus on eating better or limiting screen time, but often mental health gets overlooked as something that needs attention.

So check out these family friendly activities for every day of this month and see how many you can get done! Seem overwhelming? Maybe set a goal to do at least 3-4 during each week and if you hit your goal by the end of the month do something fun as a family for a reward. Make it flexible for your family dynamics and more importantly, make it fun!

Be sure to follow along with the instructions in the article linked as the calendar itself can be a bit vague as a standalone.

Here is the article:

Are you struggling with your mental health? Self-care can be as simple as doing a check in with yourself. Better yet, check-in and teach a loved one or child how to do the same. MentalHealth.Gov gives great questions to ask our selves. Here are a few-

➡️Have I been feeling down for a while?

➡️Have I been eating and sleeping enough?

➡️Am I unable to perform simple daily tasks?

➡️Am I avoiding things I usually enjoy?

➡️Am I fighting more with friends and family?

➡️Do I have low or zero energy?

If you have decided that your mental health is struggling, what's the next step? You can call 988 the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Another way to get help is by talking to someone you trust. This could be a parent, family member, teacher, school counselor, spiritual leader or another trusted adult, who:

👤Gives good advice when you want and ask for it

👤Respects your need for privacy so you can tell him or her anything

👤Lets you talk freely about your feelings and emotions without judgment

👤Helps you figure out what to do the next time a difficult situation comes up

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Our topic this weekend is boundaries! Why are boundaries so important? They give us permission to say NO and not place everything on our shoulders. Boundaries also help us draw a line in the sand of what is acceptable and what is not. When someone crosses that line we need to take care of ourselves by letting them know and making that line a bit clearer. Otherwise, we may feel resentful or even withdraw from the relationship. That being said, here are a few tips on helping you set boundaries as a form of self-care.

➡️ Find the line: The first step to setting boundaries is figuring out what you want for yourself. Sit down and write out what’s most important to you and where you draw your lines.

➡️Take a Pause: If you are asked to do something and aren't sure how you feel, hit the pause button. You don't need to respond right away, take some time to figure out how you really feel about it and if it is something you are mentally and physically able and willing to do without making other important sacrifices. Sometimes we find ourselves immediately saying yes because we are people pleasers or don't want to make someone uncomfortable. We have to train ourselves to accept that no or not right now is an acceptable response.

➡️Skip the Details: When you set boundaries and say "no", don't feel the need to defend or over explain yourself. You may be opening up your boundaries for debate, instead accept that a simple "no" is more than enough when it comes to protecting your mental health.

➡️Be Guilt Free: If you say "no", it's OKAY! Someone's world is not going to come crashing down around them if you say no to a request. It can actually feel quite comforting to realize that we’re not completely indispensable in most situations, others can usually step up to help.

Take some time to reflect on our personal boundaries and discover your "line". Your mental health will thank you as you realize you no longer are stretching yourself thin and are prioritizing your personal comfort.

BONUS: Check out the graphic and see some great boundary setting sentences!

Click here for the full article that inspired this post & has even more great tips!

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