Content Provided by the GBS Health & Wellness Team
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! During this time of recognition, the nation fights stigma and advocates for policies that support those struggling with a mental illness. Celebrate the month of May by taking action to enhance personal mental well-being and encouraging family and friends to do the same.
Physical – Regular exercise has been shown to be just as effective as an anti-depressant. Make any form of exercise a consistent part of a daily routine to help combat the blues.
Intellectual – Navigating emotions with emotional intelligence is important for mental health as it provides guidance when difficult situations or challenges arise. Having the ability to acknowledge, control, and express emotions can diffuse stress and help one communicate effectively.
Emotional – When feeling emotionally overwhelmed, the practice of deep breathing, in through the nose and out through the mouth, has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental well-being.
Social – Having a good support system or offering support to someone who is struggling mentally can help improve your own mental well-being.
Environmental – When feeling blue, consider a walk to a local park or spend time on the trail and observe surroundings. Research shows spending time in nature can bring a sense of calmness.
Financial – Finances can be a major contributor to extra stress. Reduce stress by identifying financial stressors and creating and sticking with a solid financial plan.