Healthy Habits

Emotional Health: Talk it Out

Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits

September is recognized as National Suicide Awareness Month. According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, individuals feel less depressed, less suicidal, and less overwhelmed when they can speak to someone who listens without judgment. Let this month be a reminder to talk with loved ones and offer a listening ear or word of encouragement. 

Physical — Everyone has a physical response to stress, often referred to as the fightorflight response. It’s important to find ways to react appropriately when feeling stressed to avoid doing or saying something you regret. Try different strategies like counting to 100 or waiting one hour before responding to stressful situations.  

Intellectual — Take time to learn about suicide prevention strategies. Be aware of suicide warning signs and be prepared to offer support when needed.   

Emotional — Emotional intelligence is defined as “the ability to perceive, use, understand, manage and handle emotions.” Become aware of personal improvements that need to be made in order to properly support others that may be struggling. 

Social — Don’t be afraid to start difficult conversations with others. They can lead to invaluable relationships founded on support and encouragement.  

Environmental — Your environment can have a significant impact on your mental health. Assess your work and home environments to determine how they are affecting your behaviors and mood. Organizing and decluttering is an easy way to relieve pent-up stress.  

Financial — Financial problems can cause anxiety, depression, and even suicidal ideation. Consider finding healthy ways to cope with stress that don’t involve spending money. Assess unnecessary spending and create a budget for the upcoming holidays.

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