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Strike up a healthy work-life balance, boot-camp your finances, take the Act Belong Commit quiz, and find out how to strengthen your body with COTA.

Find articles here: Check in on your mental wellbeing | Keeping yourself stronger for longer  | Jump onto the Beyond Bank budget bootcamp

Check in on your mental wellbeing

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How are you? More specifically, how is your mental wellbeing?
Being mentally well is much more than not having a mental illness. It’s all about being equipped to handle the inevitable ups and downs of life and being able to function at our best.

We’ve all learned the key things we can do for our physical health. The benefits of eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and drinking in moderation have been drummed into most of us.

The good news is just as we know the lifestyle associated with good physical health, we also know the things associated with mental wellbeing.

Broadly, these fall into three types of behaviours – being active (physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, culturally…), having a sense of belonging, and doing things that provide meaning and purpose.

It’s wrapped up in the message of Act Belong Commit (ABC) – a mental health campaign that grew out of work by researchers and mental health experts in Curtin University almost 20 years ago. Unlike the campaigns directed at people who may be struggling with mental health issues, Act Belong Commit provides a guide that all of us can use to protect and enhance our mental wellbeing.

How we put the Act Belong Commit message into practice will be different for everyone. Being active can mean everything from a walk in the park, completing a daily crossword or reading a good book. Our sense of belonging may come from family, friends or a local hobby group. And doing something meaningful might mean learning a new skill, nurturing a garden, creating artwork or giving our time to a good cause.

It really doesn’t matter how you act, belong and commit, what matters is putting these three words into action.

So Act Belong Commit, because being mentally healthy feels good!

Act Belong Commit online quiz QR code

Keeping yourself stronger for longer

Strength for Life™ (formerly known as Living Longer Living Stronger) is an evidence-based progressive strength training and exercise program operating in Western Australia since 2004 designed specifically for the over 50s. The program currently has 5,436 participants and 50 providers throughout WA including 14 located regionally.

Progressive strength training has been shown to have a huge impact on wellbeing and quality of life. Strength for Life provide safe, fun and personalised sessions in approved facilities by expert trainers.

Contact Kairi at COTA WA on 08 9472 0104 for more information.

Jump onto the Beyond Bank budget bootcamp

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Wondering how to pay the next bill? Is your heart pounding and your head screaming about that last spending spree?

Help is on the way! Beyond Bank can help you get your finances under control with their Budget Bootcamp

It’s fun, fast and free! And best of all it will put you back in control of your finances and give you the financial freedom to make choices that allow you to enjoy life. Sign up and receive 4 weekly challenges and find out how budgeting doesn’t need to be scary after all.

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