Today is Global Mental Health Awareness Day, and it's a day to remind us all why mental health matters. It is often a concept that is misunderstood or oversimplified, so today we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone of a few key things.
Mental health is essential for our overall well-being. Just like physical health, your state of wellbeing is something that requires active work on maintaining. And, just like physical health, there are things that can impact our mental state negatively, often, the two concepts are interconnected and influencer the other.
For example, anxiety and stress can lead to headaches, stomach-aches, and other physical symptoms. Conversely, chronic illnesses can also lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It's important to take care of both your mind and body for overall wellness.
That's why it's so important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of when we may dip in our health & happiness, so we can get the help we need, when we need it!
Your mental state also affects your work-life and relationships. If you're dealing with anxiety or depression, it can be hard to focus on work or be productive.
You may also have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships if you're struggling, as these conditions can lead to problems with communication, which can result in conflict - in both personal and professional relationships.
We've all been there: things seem to be going great, and then suddenly we're hit with a mental health crisis.
Whether it's triggered by an external event, or it comes out of nowhere, it can feel like the world is crashing down around us. If you're struggling mentally and you don't know where to turn, remember you are never alone.
We live in a culture that values productivity and positivity above all else, which can make it feel like we have to keep our heads up and our chins up at all times—no matter how we're really feeling on the inside.
But the truth is that we all need help sometimes, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with reaching out for assistance when we're struggling.
If you're not sure where to start, there are a few options available to you. You could talk to a friend or family member who you trust; they might be able to provide support and understanding, or at least point you in the right direction.
With quick access to technology, we are lucky to have lots of wonderful apps that help us manage our day-to-day stresses.
Headspace is an app that helps you learn meditation and mindfulness. It's perfect for beginners because it has a 10-day trial so you can see if it's something that works for you.
Calm is another app that helps with meditation and mindfulness. Calm also has a library of guided meditations, sleep stories, and relaxing music to help you wind down at the end of the day. Plus, there are breathing exercises on the app to help you cope with anxiety or stress in the moment.
my Strength is an app that helps you connect with other people who are going through similar things as you are. It's a great resource for finding support groups or online forums where you can chat with people who understand what you're going through. my Strength also has articles and videos about mental health topics like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Alternatively, you could see a professional therapist, they are specially trained to deal with mental health issues, and they can help you develop coping mechanisms and healthy coping strategies.
In our fast-paced, constantly connected world, it's more important than ever to take a step back and focus on our mental health. Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and yet we often neglect it. We push through anxiety, ignore intrusive thoughts, and act like everything is fine when it's not. But why?
Mental health is so important because it affects every single aspect of our lives. It impacts how we think, how we feel, how we interact with others, how we cope with stress, how well we sleep, what we eat, and so much more. When our mental health is suffering, everything suffers. That's why it's so important to make time for self-care and to find healthy coping mechanisms that work for us.