May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, but taking care of ourselves shouldn’t be limited to just one month.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health, and it impacts our overall well-being.

People of all ages can have mental health challenges. It’s important to check in on elderly family, friends and neighbors, or those who live alone.

So, let’s take a moment to reflect on how we can prioritize our mental well-being. Here are some simple, yet effective, ways to get started:

  • Move your body: Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days, even if it’s just a brisk walk.
  • Fuel your body: Stay hydrated and nourish yourself with healthy meals.
  • Sleep is key: Prioritize getting enough quality sleep each night.
  • Practice gratitude: Take time to appreciate the good things in your life.
  • Focus on the positive: Train your brain to see the bright side.
  • Relax and recharge: Find a calming activity or hobby you enjoy.
  • Connect with others: Social interaction is vital for mental health. Spend time with loved ones or get involved in your community.


By incorporating these small changes into your routine, you can make a big difference in your mental well-being. Remember, you’re not alone. Take care of yourself, an
d reach out for help if you need it.

Resources available:

Mental Health Emergency Hotline: 988

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1(800)950-6264 or text “HELPLINE” to 62640. Both services are available between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday

Crisis Text Line: Text “REASON” to 741741 (free, confidential and 24/7). In English and Spanish.

Sources:

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health

https://www.healthcentral.com/mental-health/get-help-mental-health

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