Daily habits to support your mental health and wellness for as little as 10 minutes per day.
The term “mental hygiene” refers to daily activities that support and maintain mental health. Public health guidelines tell us that we need to do small tasks daily to maintain our physical and dental hygiene, like showering and brushing our teeth. We are now extending the same concept to mental health. Just like going to the gym is about building up our strength, mental hygiene is about building up that mental muscle. It’s an important way to maintain good mental health and build the resilience we need to help face challenges in the future.
Experts at The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group have developed a list of 16 research-based mental hygiene practices that can help boost your overall sense of wellness when practiced daily. Some of these include deep breathing, journaling, guided meditation, gratitude exercises, self-compassion, mindfulness, and spending time in nature, to just name a few. Check out our full list of exercises with instructions, how-to videos, and printable worksheets by registering to participate in the 2023 Royal Mental Hygiene Challenge.
To spread the word and get people excited about mental hygiene, we decided to turn the concept into an annual public challenge for the month March! By participating in this 31-day challenge, it may help motivate people to prioritize their mental hygiene and help turn these daily practices into lifelong habits that contribute to overall wellness.
All challenge-related materials have been developed in both English and French, and it is entirely free to participate.
Participants can sign-up to join The Royal Mental Hygiene Challenge by completing the registration form via this link.
Once you've completed the registration form, you will be redirected to our participant toolkit which has everything you need to complete the challenge.
Registered participants have a chance to win one of our weekly prize draws, too (prizes include free registration to Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, and 'MindSet Journals' from Press Pause)!