I may no longer work in direct patient care as a psychiatric and mental health nurse, but this topic has remained near and dear to my heart.
The Importance of Self-CareWhen we're taking care of ourselves, and others, it's easy to overlook caring for our mental health. Sometimes in a society that's built upon a rapid pace of always doing, going, and being available up to 24-hours a day with social media, it's almost as if we feel a little guilty at taking time for ourselves. But we shouldn't.
People might joke that they're taking a 'mental health day' but this time to relax and unwind is necessary for us to be the best version of ourselves. I, of course, will recommend reading a good book to enjoy a little mini-escape from the stressors of the everyday—a paranormal or fantasy one is my favorite escape.
Nurture Your Mental HealthMy first story features strong elements of mental health as I drew upon my years working in a state psychiatric hospital. I hope to one day polish this story enough to have it published while honoring individuals living with mental illness.
Much of my freelance writing focuses around recognizing and nurturing mental health and wellness. I'd like to share some of those articles with you today so you might find ways to nurture your own wellness, or lend a hand to someone who might need one.
- What's Love Got to Do With It? (emotional abuse)
- Banish Negative and Self-Destructive Thoughts
- When It's Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (holiday stress)
- Nurses Can Be at Risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Are Your Older Patients At Risk for Isolation? (loneliness and isolation)
- Telemedicine and Rural Mental Health Services
- A Negative Workplace Can Be Contagious
- The Hidden Weight of Worry
- Is Imposter Syndrome Holding You Back?
- Decision Fatigue: The Struggle is Real
This is just a sampling of my some of my articles on mental health and wellness. You can find many more here in my writing portfolio.
How Do You Take Care of Your Mental Health & Wellness?
Author Bio: Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there. While immersed in writing or reading paranormal romance and fantasy, she survives on caffeine, wine, music, and laughter. A feisty Shih Tzu keeps her in line. Find Maureen on her website, Facebook & Twitter
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