Mental Health awareness month

The month of May is mental health awareness month. I wanted to talk about it today because it’s not just a “hot button issue”, but an issue that effects everyone on some level. Let’s dive in today!

First, what is mental health? It means different things to everyone but click here for a definition by the World Health Organization. It’s pretty clear how they define it. The thing is that the definition they give is too clinical, at least in my opinion. For me, mental health is about having your mind in the healthiest place possible. It can be as simple as saying no to things that no longer serve us, or as complex as setting boundaries within a relationship.

A big part of becoming more aware of our mental health, and the health of others is to stop the stigma. The stigma associated with mental health issues is so pervasive in our society that it leads to fear of seeking treatment as well as mistreatment by others based on the stigma. When we are aware of our mental health, we can be more aware of those around us and seek help when we need it.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Here are a few ideas of what you can do to promote your own mental health!

Mental Health Awareness Month Activities

  • Journal-If you’ve been here a while you know I’m a fan of journaling. It is very therapeutic for many people.
  • Check in with yourself and see where you are at this moment
  • Do not react to anything you may find but instead, make a plan to address any issues that come up for you.
  • Ask questions of yourself-These can be as simple as “how am I feeling today?” Don’t think about depression. Rather, think about how your mental state is.
  • Ask others how they are doing. Asking others how they are doing is not just helpful to them and helps them feel seen. It can help you as well. It’s a kindness and a way to share with each other, if you’re comfortable.
  • Seek professional help if you feel you need it-Therapy is NOT a bad word. In fact, in the current state of things and the issues surrounding mental health now, it’s a GOOD word. If you feel it’s right for you, I strongly advocate for it.

When it comes to your mental health there can be no compromise. You need to do what is going to help you stay healthy. Not every day is going to be a picnic. Keep in mind the activities above. It may make things more manageable when things do get rough. In addition, finding ways to communicate what you need and going after them is going to greatly help you to feel more in control of your mental health. Take the entire month of May to celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Month and remember, it’s your mental health and you’re in charge!

Check out last week’s entry on Loving Yourself for more inspiration!

Until next week, be well and namaste!

6 thoughts on “Mental Health awareness month”

  1. These are some good tips. I like journaling too. I didn’t pay much attention to mental health until it hit my family. Now I am so grateful that it’s being talked about.

    1. Hello Ann! Thank you for stopping by the Grotto! Mental health is a very important topic and I feel like we need to talk about it more! Journaling is a great way to balance your mental health ❤️

  2. Very good article. Staying aware of mental health and well-being is very important. I’m so glad this has become a topic to be more sensitive to and aware of in order to get the help needed and to help those in need too. 😊

    Pastor Natalie (Examine This Moment)

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