Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness month. While 1 in 5 people will experience a form of mental health illness during their lifetime, everyone encounters problems that can impact their mental health. This is especially true today due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year organizations are having themes surrounding tools to thrive. These are practical tools that anyone can use to help improve their mental health. This will also give people the opportunity to build up their self-esteem and develop proper coping mechanisms that they can fall back on in order to handle adverse events that may occur.
There are tools that every person should have in their arsenal to help improve their mental health and wellness.
- You need to own your feelings.
- Allow yourself to feel your emotions
- Do not ignore how you are feeling
- Talk it out with someone you trust
- Build your emotional vocabulary
- Start journaling your thoughts
- Accept that there will be good and bad days
- Take each day at a time
- Motivate yourself to do the best you can
- Do not be hard on yourself if you have a bad day
- Reward yourself for the small victories
- Create a healthy routine
- Find a daily routine that works for you
- Start with small goals
- Add to your existing habits
- Make time for activities you really enjoy
- Get fresh air
- Get your body moving
- Find the positive when faced with loss
- Reach out and learn from others
- Remember the good times
- Find ways to honor the loved ones you have lost
- Do not be afraid to reach out for help
When anxiety and other mental health issues will not let up, there are resources that can help you check in with yourself. Mhascreening.org is a free online tool that is quick to help recognize signs of mental health problems.
If you are experiencing emotional distress related to the COVID-19 pandemic there are crisis counselors that are available every day at any time. To talk, call 1-800-985-5990 or you can text “TalkWithUs” to 66746. If you are thinking about suicide or are in crisis immediately call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or text “MHA” to 741741. Your feelings and mental health are important and you deserve any help that you need.