Mental Health Matters
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Often, we think of health in physical terms, but mental wellness is just as important. Mental health plays a big role in our day-to-day mood and quality of life, which becomes very obvious when we're feeling sad, stressed, or anxious. But it also is apparent when we're feeling happy, calm, and confident.
So, this May, let's celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month by paying closer attention to our mental health, and doing more of the things that keep us mentally well!
It’s good to talk about mental health struggles; we all have them. It could mean talking with a friend or family member, or with your doctor or a counselor. It’s OK to not always feel OK. But if it becomes too much it’s time to seek help.
Healthy sleep is critical for your body and mind. If you have things on your mind that are keeping you awake, try writing them down before bed. Put down your phone and stop looking at screens an hour before bedtime. Try reading a book in bed until you feel sleepy.
A healthy diet is good for your body and mind. Try to eat a well-balanced diet. Introduce more fruit and vegetables (especially vegetables). Try to avoid pre-packaged and processed foods. A glass of water every couple of hours works wonders!
A short period of calm can change your whole day. It might come from mindfulness, meditation or prayer, but finding time to step away from the business of daily life can strengthen your brain to cope better with stress.
It can be a challenge to fit a regular exercise plan into your life. But it is so worth it! Regular exercise will help your body and your mind. You’ll move better and you’ll feel better.
Stay in touch with friends and family– in person or virtually. Find time to share feelings and make time do things together. Remember the good times and experiences. Make some new memories. Enjoy the world with others!
Giving our feelings a name can help calm our brains.
- Look at the list of feelings. Which ones describe how you feel right now?
- Take a deep breath. Let it out.
- Try again later and see how you feel.