Building Resilience Through Mental Health Awareness

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During Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s focus on a part of our well-being that we often overlook: mental health. Mental health is a key part of our overall health and quality of life. Just like taking care of our bodies, it needs constant attention and care.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act, so it plays a crucial role in how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is fundamental at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Checking in With Your Mental Health

The first step to feeling better mentally is to recognize the state of your mental health. This means taking time to think about your feelings regularly and being honest about them.  Here are some questions to help you evaluate your current mental health:

  • How am I really feeling today?
  • Am I more irritable, anxious or sad than usual?
  • Do I find pleasure in activities I used to enjoy?

Asking yourself these questions every now and then can help you understand where you are mentally and if you might need support.

Strategies to Improve Mental Health

Improving your mental health is a personal journey that’s different for everyone. Here are some strategies that can help almost anyone feel better:

  • Stay Active: Activities that get your body moving can boost your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Find activities you enjoy that fit into your lifestyle and do them regularly.
  • Connect with Others: Building strong, healthy relationships with friends and family can make you feel supported and less alone. Even if you can’t see them in person, talking on the phone or online can help you feel connected.
  • Practice Mindfulness: Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment without judging it. Activities like meditation and deep-breathing can help you feel calmer and more focused.
  • Get Enough Sleep: Having a regular bedtime routine and a comfortable sleep environment can help you sleep better, which is important for your mental health.
  • Keep a Journal: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you understand them better and feel less stressed.

When to Get Help

Seeking professional help is a sign of strength, not weakness. You should consider contacting a mental health professional if:

  • Your emotions are making your daily life or relationships more difficult to manage.
  • You’re experiencing persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety or hopelessness.
  • You’re using unhealthy ways to cope with your feelings.
  • You find it hard to perform daily tasks or go to work.

Mental Health Awareness Month reminds us that taking care of our mental health is just as important as taking care of our bodies. If you are dealing with challenges like your weight, remember that your mental health matters and it’s okay to ask for help.

Remember, you’re not alone in this journey. There are lots of people and resources out there, like online groups and therapy, that can help you feel better. Taking the time to care for it is one of the most valuable investments you can make in yourself.

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