May is Mental Health Awareness Month

By: Jon Anderson, PT, Therapy Resource
We had such an incredible video shared by some of our colleagues at the Annual Therapy Leadership Meeting as it relates to their journey/struggles/wins in facing mental health challenges. Let’s not lose momentum around the importance of understanding/recognizing mental health issues. Awareness has become an increasingly important topic in recent years, as people have started to recognize the impact that mental health can have on their overall well-being. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and taking care of your mental health is essential for leading a fulfilling life.

One of the most important things you can do for your mental health is to be aware of it. This means understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and knowing when to seek help. It also means being aware of the stigma that is often associated with mental health and working to break down those barriers.

Self-care is an essential component of mental health awareness. Self-care refers to the actions that you take to care for your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Here are some ideas on things you can do to practice self-care:

  1. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, without judgment. This can help reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Try incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine by practicing meditation or deep breathing exercises.
  2. Get enough sleep: Sleep is crucial for mental health. Lack of sleep can lead to irritability, anxiety, and depression. Make sure you are getting enough sleep each night, and try to establish a regular sleep routine.
  3. Exercise: Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. Exercise can help reduce stress and anxiety and improve your mood. Try to incorporate exercise into your daily routine, even if it’s just a short walk around the block.
  4. Connect with others: Connection with others is essential for mental health. Make time to connect with friends and family, and consider joining a support group or seeking out counseling if you are struggling.
  5. Take breaks: It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to recharge and rejuvenate. This can be as simple as taking a few deep breaths, going for a walk, or taking a short nap.
  6. Practice self-compassion: Be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion by treating yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend.
  7. Limit social media: social media can be overwhelming and contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. Consider limiting your social media use or taking a break from it altogether.

Remember, mental health is just as important as physical health. Practicing self-care and being aware of your mental health can help you lead a happier, healthier life. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, don’t hesitate to seek help. There are so many resources available within the organization, and you don’t have to go through it alone. Check out all of our Wellness Resources available at: