Just For The Heck of It, Fun!


Humans today have so many things going on in their lives. A majority of these things cause stress, and are a source of worry for many people. Some of these things include working, taking care of family/home life, or studying for exams. These things tend to become overwhelming and can cause people to feel depressed, or even numb.

When this happens, and you begin to think there is no way out from under all this stress, there is. If you just work on one area of your life to start, you can begin to reduce the stress and depression, regain feeling, and improve the quality of your daily life experience. This area is known as recreation.

Often when people hear the term recreation, they either do not know what it is, or think of activities like walking or running. A recreational activity is actually a wholesome activity that stimulates your adrenaline, and is purely for the heck of it, fun. This can include taking a class in which you are doing something that is active, or playing a sport–but this activity CANNOT be competitive. The point of doing recreational activities is to do something fun.

Here are some ideas for recreational activities you can begin trying today:

  1. Salsa dancing
  2. Kayaking
  3. Swimming
  4. Riding a bike
  5. Playing non-competitive sports

If all else fails, try skipping. You absolutely cannot feel depressed or stressed while skipping.

What do you do for recreation?


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Mental Health Stigma

Let’s get serious for a moment. There’s a problem. Something’s not right. Well, don’t just sit there, do something about it!

According to a new study published in Psychological Medicine, approximately 1 in 4 people have a mental health problem, yet in Europe and the US, up to 75 percent of people with mental health disorders do not receive treatment. Why is that? Mental health stigma seems to be the key factor in preventing people from accessing the care they need. Delaying, or avoiding care yields negative outcomes for many disorders such as bipolar disorder, major depression, or anxiety disorders to name a few.

stig·ma (stigmə) noun – a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
Because of this stigma that people have about being “mental health patients,” people put off seeing a doctor for months, years, or even at all. Out of ten, stigma was ranked the fourth highest barrier for obtaining care. The types of stigma preventing people from receiving care are
  • Treatment stigma – associated with using mental health services or receiving mental health treatment; and
  • Internalized stigma – shame, or embarrassment

Other barriers people encounter include fear of disclosing a mental health condition, concerns about confidentiality, wanting to handle the problem on one’s own, and not believing they needed help. Types of people most likely to have stigma about mental health care are young people, men, minorities, and those in the military and health professions.

The stigma is real. Prevent the progression of negative outcomes on your mental health and get help. Not getting help is more dangerous to you and others than getting help.
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