Mental Health Awareness in May
Bouts of the blues have slowly crept into my life periodically. While experiencing moments of sadness hasn’t always been pleasant, I learned something new about myself and my situation each time I went through this funk.
In the most recent juncture, I grasped these seven things that helped me overcome the tribulations.
My Aha Moments…
- Recognize and acknowledge feeling blue. It’s ok not to be ok.
- Continually be proactive in seeking the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Create small goals and be gracious if they’re not accomplished within the deadline.
- Keep believing; keep the faith.
- Reach out to loved ones; assemble “the support squad.”
- When an idea comes to mind, reflect upon it, and pursue it. Be a risk taker. You never know what will happen.
- When something isn’t the right fit, please don’t force it to work. It will leave you unhappy, anxious, and stressed. Instead, accept that things won’t always work out however we want, even if we try our hardest. Keep persevering.
Seven Mental Health Resources
If you or someone you know is experiencing and struggling with mental health issues, consider seeking help. This doesn’t make you weak. On the contrary, getting the assistance and support you need to feel better showcases your courage, strength, and willingness to get better. That is empowering and audacious.
Here are seven mental health resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Crisis Text Line
- Mental Health America
- Mental Health Resources
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Take care of yourself,