Tips for Mental Wellness During Mental Health Month

smiley face stress ballMay is mental health month. The awareness month was started 64 years ago to help inform everyone about mental health and mental well being. While your physical health is very important, your mental health is equally if not more important because mental wellness means a better quality of life.

Everyone has issues with keeping their mental health in tiptop shape sometimes. Whether you suffer from the occasional bouts of stress or have an ongoing battle with depression, these tips are good to keep in mind for an overall healthy mental well being.

  1. Establish a Sense of Self Worth: Our world is full of negative messages these days. The media is constantly telling us that we have to be a certain way, act a certain way, or make a certain amount of money to be important and liked. If you buy into this lie, you are more likely to fall into the traps of stress and depression. You have worth! It is so important to believe in yourself and to surround yourself with people who love and encourage you. If you are struggling with your sense of self worth, a visit to a counselor could help. Remember you are more than just a number on the scale or the amount of money in your bank account.
  2. Have Positive Connections with Family and Friends: Those who are surrounded by friends and family members they love are going to enjoy their life more and even be healthier. Reunite with family members you haven’t talked to in years, even if it means you have to forgive something that seems unforgiveable. Keep in touch with friends in other ways besides Facebook. Make time in your schedule to meet for coffee or lunch. Life is busy, but it should never be too busy where you don’t have time to be social. We are nearly all social creatures, so don’t deprive yourself of it.
  3. Do Emotional Wellness Checks on Yourself and Kids: It is good to periodically evaluate where you are in your emotional state every once in a while. Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Are you feeling lonely or perhaps angry? These are questions you need to ask yourself because if you are not emotionally stable, you may be putting the other areas of your health at risk. Take some time to get to know your kids and their emotional well being too. Having a stable emotional well being means better grades, happier families, and less substance abuse.

Don’t write off mental health month as something that is not important. Your mental wellness is crucial to your overall health.

 

Story Credit, Image Credit: smiley face stress ball by J.E. Theriot. Used under a Creative Commons license.

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