Life comes at you fast. One day you are roaming through the hallways of high school without a care in the world. In the blink of an eye, you are now an adult. You are now paying bills, dealing with your kids, and your spouse, not to mention the internal stressors you are dealing with, which includes: thoughts and feelings of anger, fear, depression, and anticipation. With May being Mental Awareness Month, it is important to educate people about habits and behaviors that increase the risk of developing mental illnesses, or what could possibly be signs of mental health problems themselves. Each year the theme for Mental Health Awareness changes and this year the theme for Mental Health Month theme is Fitness #4Mind4Body. Which focuses on what individuals can do to be fit for our own futures no matter where we happen to be on our own personal journeys to health and wellness. Here are 5 tips from The Mental Health Awareness website that will be sure to help you relive some stress.
- Be Realistic: You may be taking on more responsibility than you can or should handle for yourself or your family. If you feel overwhelmed by how many things are on your schedule, it’s ok to say “No” to new activities! You may also decide to stop doing an activity that is not 100% necessary. If friends or family criticize your decisions, give reasons why you’re making the changes. If you are a parent and your kids’ activities are part of your stress, be willing to listen to their concerns and stay open to compromise.
- No One Is Perfect: Shed the superman/superwoman” urge. No one is perfect; so don’t expect perfection from yourself or others. Ask yourself, “What really needs to be done?” How much can I do? Is the deadline realistic? What adjustments can I make? Don’t hesiste to ask for help if you need it.
- Mediate: Just ten to twenty minutes of quiet reaction may bring relief from chronic stress as well as increase your tolerance to it. Use the time to listen to music, relax and try to think of pleasant things or do nothing.
- Exercise: Regular exercise is a popular way to relieve stress. It gives an outlet to energy your body makes when it is preparing for “flight or fight” response to stress or danger. Twenty to thirty minutes of physical activity benefits both the body and the mind.
- Vent: Talking with a friend or family member lets you know that you are not the only one having a bad day, caring for a sick child, or working in a busy office. Try to limit complaining and keep conversations constructive. Ask them how they dealt with a similar situation that may be stressing you out. Let them provide love, support, and guidance. Don’t cope alone.
For more tips on coping with stress and improving your mental health visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net