When it comes to wellness, your mental health is just as essential as your
physical health. Because of the stigma often associated with mental health
conditions, it can be easier to openly say, “my head hurts”
or, “I have a stomach ache” than to tell someone, “I’m
not emotionally well.”
In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness month, and to promote
understanding and support for those living with mental health issues,
here are a few tips we all can use to work towards better mental health.
Build a Support Group
Mental health issues can leave you feeling lonely or isolated, but it doesn’t
have to be that way. Look for support groups in your area that you can
trust, and open up to them about how you feel. You’ll be surprised
to see that your thoughts and feelings might not be that different from
others around you. Finding the courage to talk to others can help you
find comfort and joy and make each day a little better.
Accept The Bad Days, Focus on The Good
It’s ok to have bad days, everyone does. Some days it may be hard
to find the energy to get out of bed. The more you focus on the negative
aspects of your day and beat yourself up, the harder it will be to work
towards better mental health. That’s why celebrating even the smallest
accomplishments, like cleaning your room, can help you begin to focus
on the good. Find time each day to highlight something good about yourself
and life, and when those bad days do creep in, rely on your support group.
Take Care of YOU
Your mental health is better when you’re physically well, too. So,
it’s important to work on taking some time to focus on your physical
health. Listen to your body; set a regular sleep schedule; and try to
eat a balanced diet. These little life changes will help boost your mood
and set a positive path toward even more good days.
At Southwest General, we offer behavioral health outpatient assessments
that can help determine the existence of a mental health disorder. To
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