World Mental Health Day

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This is a day to increase mental health awareness. Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

Mental health problems range from the worries of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. The most common mental health problems are anxiety and depression. These problems can be severe and long-lasting and have a huge impact on people’s ability to get on with life. Most people who experience mental health problems can overcome them or learn to live with them with proper treatment. This is especially true if they get help early on.

It is important for all of us to take care of ourselves and get the most from life. Some ways to look after your mental health include:

• Talk about your feelings. This is not a sign of weakness and just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone.

• Keep active. Exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look, and feel better. This includes simple activities such as housework, walking, or gardening.

• Eat healthy. Our brains need a mix of nutrients to stay healthy and function well. A healthy, balanced diet is good for your physical health as well as your mental health.

• Keep in touch with family and friends. These people can make you feel included and cared for, as well as offering different views of whatever is going on inside your head.

• Accept who you are. Everyone is different, and it is healthier to accept that you are unique rather than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence and helps you cope when life takes an unexpected turn.

If you feel overwhelmed and you can’t cope, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical advice. Talk to your physician. They may refer you to a specialist to help you deal with your feelings. Support groups, such as Weight Watchers or Alcoholics Anonymous can also help you make changes to your life.

Weekly Activities

Monday, Oct. 8

Monterey Chicken over Noodles

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.

• 1 p.m. – Bridge.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Salisbury Stead

• 10 a.m. – Adult Coloring.

• 10 a.m. – Knit Stitch.

• 10:30 a.m. – Blood Pressure Checks.

• Noon – “Hand and Foot.”

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Beef Stroganoff

• 8:30 a.m. – Morning Stretch.

• 9:30 a.m. – Cribbage.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Spaghetti/Meatballs

• 9:30 a.m. – Walking.

• 9:15 a.m. – Memory Cafe.

• Noon – “500” cards.

Upcoming Events:

• Wednesday, Oct. 10: Medicare 101 at Center from 1-3 p.m. Call Senior LinkAge to reserve a spot, 1-800-333-2433.

• Tuesday, Oct. 16 DayTrippers Dinner Theatre – Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act. Leave at 10:30 a.m. Lunch and ticket $37 and Transportation $15.

This two act comedy play is a brand new sequel to Drinking Habits which some of us attended. The Sisters of Perpetual Sewing miss the excitement of the old days when they were saving convents and reuniting long lost families. So, when they learn that the orphanage where Paul and Kate grew up is in peril, they can’t wait to come to the rescue. The sisters plot to make their award winning wine, hiding it from the ever watchful eye of Mother Superior. The merry mix-ups multiply in this warm and winsome sequel to Drinking Habits.

• Friday, Oct. 19: 5th annual Oktoberfest. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. dinner seating. Cost is $20 per ticket. Proceeds go towards updating the Activity Room. Menu: Punch and Appetizers – German Style Pork with Sauerkraut – New Red Potatoes – Squash – Homemade Bread – Apple Dessert – Coffee. Entertainment – Accordion Music – German Photo Booth – Dancing – Fall Basket Raffle. Call to reserve seats, 763-689-6555.

The Senior Activity Center is located at 140 Buchanan St. N., Suite 164, Cambridge (inside City Center Mall) and can be reached at 763-689-6555. More information can be found online at sacsmn.org or by emailing sacs@midconetwork.com. Call 763-689-6555 to sign up for the trips.

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