Mental Health Awareness Month.
Throughout and post-pandemic has exacerbated feelings of isolation, fear, stress, worry, and loneliness in many.
This makes May, Mental Health Awareness Month, more important than ever.
While we all experience different forms of emotional distress, those suffering from mental health conditions find it even harder to cope.
Society has created a stigma on mental illness and it’s essential to spread the message that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Each of us can take a step to change the perception of society through education and better understanding.
To fully live a positive life it’s crucial to prioritize mental health.
Use these 4 tips to help improve your mood.
1. Understand your emotions
Every day is full of different emotions and it’s important to identify the source of your feelings.
Recognizing the bigger picture behind why you feel sad or upset allows you to identify the root and recognize when your feelings started.
Next, you can address it and make a plan to help you through those emotions if they arise again.
Identifying your emotions reminds us we have been through it before and will get through it again with the right steps.
2. Be your own cheerleader
Encourage yourself, remember your accomplishments, and think of positive reinforcement to help you see the big picture.
Even through trials and tribulations, it doesn’t mean we have to look at everything from a negative perspective.
Remember your journey, your wins, and just how far you have come.
We deserve compassion as much as we should show compassion.
Don’t forget that we all need breaks and carving out some self-care time is important too. So, smile, and remember, YOU GOT THIS.
Don’t pick up and move your life – just takes a few minutes to get your body moving!
Even 5 minutes of stretching or walking around can boost your mood immensely while alleviating some of the tension you hold on to.
If possible, go outside and soak in the sun for a few minutes and just be mindful of everything surrounding you.
Taking the time to clear your mind, calm yourself, and become focused will help alleviate some of your stress.
4. Educate yourself and reach out for help
You are not alone in your mental health struggles.
Approximately 1 in 5 American adults deal with mental health concerns every year. The ranges may vary, but for everyone, there is access to help.
If you or someone you know is experiencing mental illness, please reach out to a professional, friend, or family member.
While it often feels intimidating to share and be vulnerable, you’re not alone and you should carry the weight yourself.
The resources are available and companies should be willing to assist you in pursuing necessary resources.
Often it just takes that first step to voice your struggle.
Written By: Morgan Henry