Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental health is just as important as physical health to achieving overall well-being. Simple things like practicing self-care, writing down our thoughts and feelings, and reaching out for support can make a big difference in our mental health and overall well-being. In the same way, we place importance on our physical health, we also need to make time and prioritize our mental health.  

Healthy habits for mental health: 
1. Practice gratitude:  It’s important to practice gratitude every day by thinking about what you’re grateful for. This includes the big things like having a roof over your head and a family that loves you—as well as the little things like enjoying the flowers on your walk to work or the comfort of a new pair of shoes you’re breaking in.  One way to practice gratitude is to start a habit of writing down 1-3 things your grateful for each day. This simple act boosts positive emotions and helps to improve your mental health.   

2. Take care of your physical health: Your physical and mental health are interconnected. By taking care of one, you help to take care of the other. This means eating nutritious foods, getting regular physical activity, reducing stress, and getting adequate amounts of sleep. To learn more about how to take care of your physical health, check out Better Every Day’s health topic page.  

3. Practice self-care: When traveling by airplane, you are always told to put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. Part of managing your mental health is putting your own well-being first. Taking time to practice self-care, whether through reading a book or meditation or any other method that helps you to relax and recharge it -essential to maintaining your mental health. Practice self -care with these helpful tools and resources. 

4. Ask for help: Just like we would seek help for a physical injury, sometimes we need help with our mental health as well. Sometimes, talking to a family member or a friend about what you may be struggling with can help relieve some anxiety and stress. Other times, we may need help from a professional. Try talking to your primary care provider about your mental health. You can also call a SFHSS EAP counselor 24/7 to get help. You don’t have to be in a crisis to seek help. Asking for help with your mental health can help prevent further issues.  

Start practicing the mental health habits that are most meaningful to you!