In the past few weeks, I've associated with ReThink Stigmas Inc. an organisation that promotes mental health advocacy and education in an effort to eliminate the stigmatization of people suffering with mental illness, especially children and young adults. I am now apart of their wonderful team of mental health advocates.
I myself am affected by stigmas related to a «diagnosis» I've received two years ago, which is giftedness (also known as high potential). As it's not something very common, not even amongst professionals, I've had to face judgement based on stereotypes and even mis-diagnosis. Not knowing about my difference also led me to develop severe anxiety and clinical depression, eventually causing a suicide attempt. I've lived through it and I know it's not easy but that reducing stigmas could help lots of people who are struggling, which is why I wanted to get involved with ReThink Stigmas.
Over the next few weeks, I will be presenting their program H.E.A.R.T, that I believe should be taught in every child and teen's class. This article will be updated with new sections as they are posted on my Instagram.
In my last article, I talked about ways to be kind to others during quarantine, also reminding each of us that self care is a priority, a necessity, not a luxury. Today, I will focus on the latter: being kind to ourselves.
I often feel like I have to be perfect and helpful all the time, for everyone and in every circumstances and I love having tons of projects, so I sometimes struggle taking time off for myself .My mom always tells me that self care is even more important because of that, and that taking care of myself is not «me first» but «me too». I think that's something everyone should keep in mind !
I wanna share a little reminder that I taped to my bedroom wall, so when I walk by, I try to apply it. It goes: « Friendly reminder to check that you are not holding tension in your body. Let your shoulders drop, unclench your hands and jaw. Take a deep breath. Much better.» It's short and sweet but efficient. Let's dig deeper with tips and activities you can do to unwind ! Remember that these are simply suggestions, self care is very personal and there isn't a right way to do it.
So this is it for some self-care tips, you can try to incorporate some of those activities to your daily routines for even more positive impact ! Feel free to comment your favorite self care activities down below and your opinion on this new article.
I've created a little bingo for you to share with your friends and challenge them to also take care of themselves ! Make sure to tag @meggiej.14 #MeggieSelfCareChallenge so I can check out your version !
On March 13th, a radical change happened. Something a lot of us didn't believe could happen. The Quebec government closed schools. We are now on April 16th and it still isn't sure if the school year will continue. There is one things that is certain though: there is a before Covid-19 and an after coronavirus.
In these uncertain times, we need to work together for our community's health and safety. Although proper hygiene and social distanciation are the principal mesures to take, solidarity and kindness to ourselves and others are primordial. But how can you help others while in isolation ? Let's tackle this subject.
Honestly, just sprinkle kindness like confetti. Throw it everywhere you can and collect smiles and laughters. I swear, it feels good to know you've made someone else happy ! Have you performed an act of kindness recently ? What was it and how did it make you feel ? Do you have any ideas that weren't included in this article ? Make sure to share your thoughts down below in the comments and to share with friends that might like this ! Your actions and your words matter; you matter.
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Today I'll be talking about an organization that is close to my heart and both very well known and not at all. It's Amnesty International.
Amnesty made its debut in Britain in 1961 when a lawyer named Peter Benenson wrote an article in a newspaper to publicize the injustice suffered by two Portuguese students imprisoned for celebrating freedom. This is the start of the 1961 Call for Amnesty global campaign, which brought together people from all around the world.
In the years that followed, the chapters multiplied, led by the International Council and participated in various missions to protect human rights. The vocation of Amnesty International has been clarified while remaining just as impartial in dealing with various governments, political and religious ideologies.
Thus, the mission of Amnesty can be broken down into different parts, which can somehow reach each of us. For example, there are:
Amnesty does awareness, social outreach, information, reports and campaigns, which you can all find on the organization’s website. I have a soft spot for the “Good news!” Section, which never fails to make me smile and restore my faith in humanity. I find the cause of Amnesty noble, and that is why I wanted to present it to you today. Now let's move on to the different ways of getting involved.
First, a dynamic, social and rather easy way to join the Amnesty cause and do your part, are youth clubs. Often found in schools, this is exactly how I really started being involved with Amnesty International. Actions vary from group to group, but many participate in amnesty campaigns with petitions, actions and outreach, as well as script rallies. With these clubs, you can make new friends by acquiring great human skills and open doors for the future. Linked to youth groups, youth training and the Youth Congress exist in Canada. I participated in youth training recently and the experience is worth it, the gang was great and I was able to learn a lot. We did different human rights workshops, interacted with young people from other clubs, and staff from the organization. By the way, hello to the Team Chalet from the training! From what I have heard, the Congress is also an enriching experience.
For older teens and for those who cannot participate with their school, community groups with a vocation similar to the youth's ones exist in several regions. You can also volunteer directly with Amnesty, sign and share petitions online, donate, and educate people in your network.
This concludes for today I hope this inspired you to get involved with Amnesty International, wherever you are and no matter what you can offer. I invite you to write down your thoughts and ideas of actions in comment. Together, let's defend rights and change lives.