Take Care of Your Mental Health Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month!
Throughout this month, embrace the idea of total well-being – when you care for both your physical and mental health, you can achieve optimal health and well-being, as one affects the other. These quick tips and tricks (broken up by each day of the week for a fun spin) can empower your mental health as you start or continue your journey toward a happier and healthier you:
Take some extra time to be present in the moment. With screens, social media, and everything else that distracts us on a daily basis, it can be difficult to slow down and enjoy our “now.”
- Observe nature as if you were seeing its beauty for the first time.
- Sit quietly and focus on your breathing to keep you in the present moment.
- Slowly eat a treat you enjoy, taking time to experience why you like it.
- Negative thoughts? Write down at least two good things that happened that day.
- Take a moment to analyze your body. Sitting still, start from your toes and slowly move up to your forehead, analyzing every feeling or sensation you experience throughout the process.
Good News Tues
Today’s world can be stress-inducing and depressing – even with just the swipe of a finger. Make an effort to surround yourself with good news to keep you focused and looking ahead.
- Unplug for one hour; don’t let depressing news headlines distract you from the present beauty that is in the world.
- Schedule a future mental health day or mini vacation.
- Make weekend plans to have something to look forward to this week.
- Journal about the positive things that happened today.
- Share something light-hearted on social media to lift up your circle.
Wellness spans across eight dimensions: emotional, social, physical, spiritual, intellectual, occupational, financial, and environmental. When we are healthy in each of these dimensions, we achieve optimal health.
- Stretch for five minutes to help relieve stress and tension.
- Remember to eat your fruits and vegetables – they provide vital nutrients and help keep you hydrated!
- Compliment someone; it not only makes them feel good, but you, too!
- Prep your lunches for the rest of the week to save some money.
- Sing in the shower to lower stress levels.
Take a moment to say thanks. Oftentimes, it’s easy for us to think about what we don’t have, versus what we do have – and in reality, we actually have a lot more than we realize.
- Take a moment to be grateful for everything your body can do.
- Go out and complete an errand for a loved one or neighbor.
- Call a friend to thank them for being in your world.
- Give back to your community, and sign up for a volunteer activity.
- Try to forgive; yes, even that guy who cut you off this morning!
Feel Good Friday
Everyone loves Fridays! Because it signals the end of most work weeks, celebrate by doing something fun in anticipation for the weekend.
- Hug a family member or friend!
- Indulge in a couple pieces of dark chocolate to stress a little less.
- Listen to your favorite song or artist to help you relax.
- Find a reason to smile. Watch a funny video or chat with your co-workers.
- Reduce anxiety and get nostalgic by coloring for 20 minutes.
Take some time for YOU. You are important, so take a moment to do something good for you, promoting both your physical and mental health.
- Spend as much time as possible outdoors today!
- Get some extra sleep tonight to feel better and improve your mood.
- Drink lots of water; a hydrated body equals a happy body!
- Go for a walk; let your mind and body wander a little.
- Pamper yourself. Schedule a massage or spa day to refresh your mind and body.
Sunday Fun Day
Enjoy some you-time before going back to work – you deserve it! Whether or not it’s something new or something routine, make it something fun!
- Explore your local area and take time to notice new things.
- Do something fun an active, like riding a bike or bowling!
- Express your creativity! Paint, write a poem, or try a new recipe.
- Got housework? Dance while you do it!
- Do something you have always wanted to do, but never had the time.
Want to put these tips into practice? Download our Mental Health Tip Calendar to keep you empowered throughout the Month of May!