5 things you can do for your mental health
May is Mental Health Awareness month, an opportunity for reflection and collective action to address the stigma that prevents people from getting the care they need. Approximately one in five Americans lives with a mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2020. Due to heightened stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, this number has grown. There has never been a more important time to take proactive steps and care for your mental health.
Try these 5 things to take care of yourself mentally:
1. Value yourself
Self-love is important. Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and try to avoid self-criticism. Make time for your favorite hobbies, or do something special for yourself. Get outside and plant a garden, get a massage, or try something new that you have always wanted to try.
2. Take care of your body
When you take care of yourself physically, you also take care of yourself mentally:
3. Surround yourself with good people
A support network can make all the difference. Relationships are important to our mental health. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, like a class or support group.
4. Set realistic goals
Decide what you want to achieve and work towards your goal in steps. Whether you want to start exercising more, or quit smoking, set achievable goals that will help you get there. Aim high, but be realistic and don't let setbacks keep you from your end goal.
5. Get help when you need it
Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you are in need of help, Montage Health offers complete mental and behavioral health services personalized to your needs. From Ohana, to our inpatient and outpatient programs, and substance abuse programs, we can help you reach a healthier future, build resiliency and confidence, and strengthen your relationships with the help of supportive professionals.