Self Care for Mental Health

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A guest, Angela Rudner, who is a licensed clinical social worker and an ordained rabbi, then led in shifting the conversation to the ways in which we can improve our mental health and continue to find purpose and meaning in life.  The discussion was framed around several questions we can ask ourselves:

  • Are we paying as much attention to things that nourish us as to our outputs?
  • Are we learning new information, something unfamiliar?
  • Are we hitting our “sweet spot,” pushing ourselves so that we are growing, but not so much that we feel overwhelmed?
  • Are we spending time with people who are helpful, positive, encouraging growth?
  • How much time are we spending with screens, phones, social media?  Can we shift to developing a deeper practice or skill set?
  • Do we check in with ourselves and make sure that we are prioritizing what we do in a way that feels authentic?

The broad-ranging conversation prompted discussion of isolation, depression, and loneliness and the difference between solitude and involuntary isolation.  We discussed whether one needs to have a purpose.  Might it be having more fun?


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