Mental Health Awareness Month



May is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues. Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well-being. It is about how people think, feel, and behave. Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities. They can cope with the normal stresses of life. They can focus and can work productively while working.


"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies have shown that depression is nearly twice as common among women as in men. Depression is a mood disorder that involves a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. A major life event, such as losing a family member, or the loss of a job, can lead to depression."

Conditions such as stress, and anxiety can affect one’s mental health and disrupt a person’s routine. Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt. Extreme mood changes of highs and lows. Withdrawal from friends and activities. recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, or an attempt at suicide. Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping. Are all signs of being in a depressed state, so if you noticed these in yourself or a loved one seek out help. You can not go through this alone. Depression is an ongoing problem that has consistent episodes at random times which can last for several weeks, months, or even years.


Let us do our part by joining the community and being involved with encouraging friends, and family to take mental health seriously. I have provided five steps to maintaining a healthy mental morale.





5 Steps To Mental Health Wellbeing:


1. Connect With Other’s

Having good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. They can:

  • help you to build a sense of belonging and self-worth

  • give you an opportunity to share positive experiences

  • provide emotional support and allow you to support others


2. Become Physically Active

Being active is not only great for your physical health and fitness but it can cause chemical changes in your brain which can help to positively change your mood.


3. Learn New Skills

Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental wellbeing by:

  • boosting self-confidence

  • help you build a sense of purpose


4. Give To Others

The acts of giving and being kind can create a positive feeling and a sense of reward leaving you feeling like you have purpose.


5. Be Mindful Of The Present

Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, and the world around you. Being mindful can help you enjoy life more. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.




References:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154543#common-disorders

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Depression: What it is, symptoms, causes, treatment, and more (medicalnewstoday.com

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