During the month of July, we at OneEighty and other organizations working to help with mental health conditions are focused on National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. But regardless of your background, there are some simple steps you can take to help improving your mental health today.
The first thing you can do is to value yourself. This means treating yourself with kindness, respect, avoiding self-criticism, and making time for your hobbies and projects. Do your daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn another language; make sure to set aside time for yourself every day.
The next thing you can do to improve your mental health is to take care of your body. This means exercising regularly, which helps to improve your mood. But it also means eating healthy, nutritious meals, drink plenty of water, not smoking (or quitting), and getting enough sleep.
Another way to improve your overall diet is to work to eliminate alcohol and drug abuse, and to use prescription and over-the-counter medications as intended or directed by your physician.
Also, surround yourself with good people. Individuals with strong family and social connections tend to live longer, happier lives especially when compared to those who lack a support network.
Another way to improve your mental health is to learn ways to deal with stress, which is a part of life. Learn new coping mechanisms, learn to laugh, meditate, or anything else to relieve stress.
Finally, do things to break up the monotony or routine of life. Try a new route jogging, or rearrange your living room. Small changes in your routine can add extra excitement to life.
And if you feel like you need to speak to someone professionally, or require addiction or mental health services in Wayne County or Holmes County, reach out to us at OneEighty. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not a weakness.