Stress Busters take to the streets

Wellbeing. This Mental Health Week take time to enjoy the little things in life.

From Sunday October 8 to Saturday October 14, Rural Health Tasmania will be advocating the message Stronger Together with the assistance of some four legged companions.

The Stress Busters, a team of mental health workers, registered nurses and mental health heroes, will roam the streets of Smithton on Tuesday offering tips and tricks for effective stress management and blood pressure checks to shoppers and business owners.

“We want to get out in the community and talking about mental health, challenging people’s concepts of what mental health is and highlighting some of the mental health heroes we have in our community,” says Kate Cross, care coordinator at Rural Health Tasmania.

“Often we think of those dealing with mental health as being lesser than others or that they don’t cope well, when really there are so many people living with mental health that are everyday heroes who actually have to work extra hard at everyday things.”

While the Stress Busters are out and about, at Rural Health there will be plenty of opportunities to let your worries slip away.

Enjoy a relaxing hand massage or make some soothing hand cream of your own to take home, take a look at essential oils, try your hand at mindful colouring or nourish your body with a smoothie.

If that doesn’t relax your stress levels enjoy the playfulness of a bundle of puppies.

“People often become so de-stressed when hugging a puppy,” Kate says.

“Your complete focus is on that moment which allows your brain to detangle some of the mess that you are holding onto.”

Supported by the Mental Health Council of Tasmania and state government, Rural Health Tasmania will host a Mental Health Week event on Tuesday October 10 between 11am and 2pm in Emmett Street, Smithton.

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