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Mind Over Matter

Do you ever struggle to find time in your day to decompress? In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to emphasize the importance of taking time for yourself and prioritizing your mental health. In our fast-paced lives, it's easy to overlook the need for relaxation and self-care. There are many signs and symptoms of mental health issues, and they can vary from person to person. Understanding these signs and symptoms can empower us to recognize when we need to take a step back and prioritize self-care.

You may be asking yourself, what signs should I look out for when it comes to my mental well-being? There can be many warning signs, such as mood, behavioral, and physical changes. The Jed Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support for the mental health of young adults and teens, informs that if you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of mental health issues for two weeks or more, it may be time to seek professional help. It's also important to acknowledge that even minor stressors, such as missing a deadline, can have a negative effect over time.

Mental health issues can affect anyone at any age. NAMI reports that 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. And no matter what age, many people still struggle to seek help due to various reasons. A shocking 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, and only half of them receive treatment. Overcoming barriers to seeking mental health help can be challenging, but taking that first step is often the biggest hurdle. To start your journey towards support and healing, consider the following steps:

  • Talk to Someone You Trust: Share your feelings and concerns with a friend, family member, or mentor who you consider understanding and supportive.
  • Contact a Mental Health Professional: Schedule an appointment with a therapist, counselor, or psychiatrist specializing in mental health care.
  • Utilize Hotlines and Support Groups: Seek guidance and support from mental health hotlines or join local support groups to connect with others facing similar challenges.

Prioritizing mental health means making time for activities that nurture well-being in our daily lives. This could include taking regular mental health days to unwind and recharge, practicing mindfulness or meditation, enjoying activities like yoga or walking, and indulging in hobbies that bring happiness and fulfillment. It's also important to prioritize getting enough restful sleep and eating nutritious meals to support mental wellness. These practices not only help reduce stress and lift mood but also contribute to building resilience and overall well-being.

In conclusion, prioritizing mental health is essential for navigating life's challenges. By recognizing signs of distress and taking proactive steps like seeking support from trusted individuals or professionals, engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation, and prioritizing rest and nutrition, we can cultivate a healthier mindset and lifestyle. Remember, caring for our mental health is vital for leading fulfilling lives.

If you need immediate support, consider reaching out to these mental health hotlines:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (US) or 686868 (Canada).

SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration): 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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