Life happens to us all. Life is full of so many ups and just as many downs. This Mental Health Awareness Month, try not to let it stop you from getting in some form of self-care to keep you as sane as possible. Now more than ever it is imperative to do some things you enjoy; that make you feel great.
For over a year now, it has seemed as though we have been living in a bubble due to the Covid-19 virus. However, as the tides turn for the better here in the U.S., we need to shift our mindset to one of positivity and possibilities. You see, just as the body needs rest, it is also essential that the mind is taken care of so it can relax too. We need our minds to operate optimally; so that we can be the best version of ourselves, functioning as a sound mind individual.
Since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States. According to youth.gov Mental Health Month was designed to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. This Mental Health Awareness Month was brought to light to bring consciousness about the importance of mental health and wellness in this country to celebrate recovery from mental illness. Positive mental health is essential for everyone to be productive.
3 Simple ways to improve mental health
1. Go to bed at a decent hour
a. This hour can be different based on your schedule. However, make sure to get enough rest so that you are functioning at your best. The brain will thank you for it by doing what you can during every waken hour.
2. Check on yourself and check in on others
a. With so much going on these days, it is just nice to check in with yourself and others from time to time. Every so often, ask yourself, “How am I feeling?” And ask a friend, family member, or co-worker that as well. There are so many loving and hurting ones who may need you to speak kindness into their heart and soul.
3. Take some time for yourself.
a. Do something that appeals to you this month to improve your mental health. If someone asks you to do something that you do not want to do. It is O.K. to say no. Do you boo….. it is time to take complete care of yourself for your mental health.
a. Just walk, we can’t say it enough, getting out in nature for a stroll does wonders for keeping a sound mind among other things. Don’t let nothing stop you from walking if you are able to do so. Commit to 15 to 30 minutes a day, your overall body will thank you for it, but especially the mind.
Mental health issues are as real of a pandemic as Covid-19 has been. Now that things are opening up does not mean the damage has not been done to people's minds. So many people are suffering mentally because their world has been transformed into a new norm overnight. However, though there was no warning with the proper self-care and the right professional help one can easily manage their mental health concerns.
What can you do this Mental Health Awareness Month to better yourself?
If you need professional help to combat mental health issues at any time call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text MHA to 741741. You are not alone.