Mental Health Videos: Looking after your well-being
As counsellors (and humans, first), we understand that during Covid times, it has been challenging for everyone. The uncertainty that is unfolding around us on a day to day basis seems to be challenging our normal: turning things sideways and in some ways upside down. In regard to mental health, we wanted to simply say that your emotions may be all over the place right now; there may be a contrast of how you’re feeling and you may also be feeling a few things at once, and that’s okay. If you’re feeling annoyed, frustrated, angry, sad, anxious, happy, confused, anything, it’s important to know that this is normal. You are invited to explore these videos to learn different strategies and tools to support your well being during this pandemic.
TED Talk – There’s no shame in taking care of your mental health.
When stress go to be too much for TED Fellow Sangu Delle, he had to confront his own deep prejudice that males shouldn’t take care of their mental health. In a personal talk, Delle shares how he learned to handle anxiety in a society that’s uncomfortable with emotions. As he says: “Being honest about how we feel doesn’t make us weak – it makes us human.”
Dave Mochel, a mindfulness and well-being expert, shared with us his presentation called Staying Grounded in the Midst of Uncertainty, in which he highlighted the science behind finding calm and confidence in the face of discomfort, anxiety, and stress. He reminded us that circumstances always change, and that life is inevitably a series of highs, lows, and everything in between. He encouraged us to be open to the full experience of life – with unconditional confidence. He highlighted the importance of gratitude and self-love and reinforced the notion that we need to stop rescuing/being rescued from discomfort. Acknowledging things as they are (ie. we’re in the middle of a pandemic and it sucks), is NOT resignation. This pandemic has surely thrown stress, uncertainty, and anxiety at all of us. Dave’s reassurances that we can make it through these difficult times and actually grow as a result of the discomfort through intentional practice was reassuring.
Kobe Bryant was always more than a legendary basketball player. Here, Bryant, who felt strongly that well-being is critical for peak performance, shares how prioritizing sleep and meditation benefited his game.
Dr Hayley Watson – Wellbeing Tips for Teens
This video provides you with strategies to stay calm, focused and motivated in these uncertain times. You will learn tools for soothing feelings like fear, confusion and boredom; stay focused and hopeful. And choosing actions that support well being in both the short and long term.
Come rain or shine, 88-year-old Bermudian Johnny Barnes devotes six hours every day to an endearing traffic ritual that has made him one of the island’s most cherished citizens. WINNER Audience Award for Best Short Film- AFI/Discovery Silverdocs Best Documentary Short Film- Sidewalk Motion Picture Festival Honorable Mention- Nashville Film.
Matt Walker – 6 Tips for Better Sleep
Want to not only fall asleep quickly but also stay asleep longer? Sleep scientist Matt Walker explains how your room temperature, lighting and other easy-to-fix factors can set the stage for a better night’s rest.
Handsome and Majestic – A Trans-Boys Life
Teenaged Milan is like other boys his age: he likes sports, lasagna and playing with friends. But unlike others, he faces the struggles that come with a transgender identity. With the loving support of his family, Milan chooses to stay in the rural community of Prince George to continue to educate and inspire.
Dr Hayley Watson – Students Dealing with Stress & Anxiety