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Self-esteem is crucial for mental health and overall well-being. It is important because it influences how we perceive ourselves, how we interact with others, and how we navigate through the ups and downs of everyday life.

Low self-esteem can lead to feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness, and self-doubt. This can have a negative impact on mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, and low self-confidence. On the other hand, having good self-esteem can help build resilience, improve relationships, and enhance overall life satisfaction.

There are several ways to boost self-esteem and promote mental health wellness.

🔑 One of the first steps is to practice self-care and prioritize your well-being. This may include getting enough sleep, eating well, exercising regularly, and taking time to relax and recharge.

🔑 It is also important to challenge negative thoughts and beliefs about ourself. This can be done by practicing self-compassion and self-acceptance, as well as reframing negative self-talk into more positive and empowering self-statements.

🔑 Building a strong support system of friends, family, or a therapist can also help boost self-esteem. Surrounding yourself with positive and supportive people who appreciate and validate your worth can help cultivate a sense of belonging and acceptance.

🔑 Lastly, participate in activities that bring you joy, setting achievable goals, and celebrating small accomplishments can also contribute to a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.

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The 4th of July is right around the corner. Self-care and mental health are incredibly important, especially during times of heightened stress and anxiety, such as the 4th of July. For many people, the loud noises and bright lights of fireworks can trigger feelings of fear, panic, and unease. So, it's crucial to have coping mechanisms in place to help manage these emotions.

Here are some helpful tips for coping with stress and anxiety caused by July 4th fireworks:

✅ Plan ahead: If you know that fireworks are a trigger for you, plan ahead and have a support system in place.

✅Find a safe space: If the noise and lights from fireworks are overwhelming, try to find a quiet and safe space where you can relax and feel at ease.

✅Use noise-canceling headphones: If the sound of fireworks is a trigger for you, consider using noise-canceling headphones or earplugs to block out the loud noises.

✅ Engage in self-care activities: Take care of yourself by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

✅Reach out for support: If you're finding it difficult to cope with your feelings of stress and anxiety, don't hesitate to reach out for professional help. Call or text 988 or chat with Suicide & Crisis Lifeline online at

Remember, it's okay to prioritize your mental health and take steps to protect yourself during times of heightened stress. By practicing self-care and utilizing coping mechanisms, you can navigate the 4th of July holiday and enjoy the festivities in a way that feels safe.

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We know you know that it is so important to commit to not just taking care of physical needs but also our mental needs as a family unit. What's step one? That can be daunting. That's why we found an amazing Family Action Plan from the National PTA website.

Why do an action plan? "Making small changes in lifestyle and behavior as a family today can make a big difference for everyone’s mental health and well-being tomorrow." And if you don't create a plan the likelihood of you making effort to put you and your family's mental health needs first may never become a priority.

So what's in the action plan?

👉 A checklist of some of the things you want to focus on first as a family such as eating healthier, family check-in meetings, or screen free times.

👉 A checklist of what specifically the parent/caregiver will be committing to each day/week that supports their child.

👉 A checklist of what the child will commit to daily/weekly

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