In the wake of the pandemic, there is an ever-growing amount of Kentuckians experiencing mental health symptoms. With so many hours in the day filled with work and other responsibilities, it may seem impossible to find the time for a mental health recharge. Thankfully, there are a few small steps that you can incorporate into your day that can make a difference bit by bit. Here are a few ways to head in the right direction.
Remember That Self Care Is Not Selfish
It can be easy to prioritize everything around us before ourselves. However, to feel our best, we need to take time for rest. Sleep is just as crucial to our bodies as eating, drinking, and breathing. Try getting a good amount of quality sleep each night, and the benefits may surprise you.
Along with rest, other self-care activities are essential to feel our best. Set aside at least 30 minutes each day to do an indulgent activity. Whether that is simply playing video games or reading a book, it's necessary if it's the self-care you require. Treat yourself!
Spend Time With People Who Make You Happy
Throughout the week, surround yourself with people that bring you positive energy. Friends, family, loved ones, and those who bring you happiness increase your sense of belonging and purpose and significantly reduce your stress.
When you can't be together in person, find ways to socialize through phone calls or video chats. If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, there are many creative ways to stay connected to the essential people in our lives! Investing time in making friends and strengthening your friendships can pay off in better health and a brighter outlook for years to come.
Ask For Help When You Need It
At one time or another, we've all heard the saying that "communication is key when it comes to strong relationships." But what you may not have heard is that this statement is also true when it comes to relationships with yourself. If you have a family member, partner, or just someone you trust, it could be beneficial to share some of your struggles. Getting these worries physically out of your system can offer clarity.
Another avenue that can offer clarity and support is seeking professional help. The stigma surrounding mental health puts many people off from getting the help they deserve. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or a myriad of complex mental health problems, please know that it is not a weakness to seek help; it's a strength! The ultimate act of bravery is to admit that you're struggling with something bigger than you can deal with alone. Reach out for help today by calling (502) 589-1100 or requesting a first appointment at https://sevencounties.org/request-first-appointment/.
There's never been a more critical time than now to focus on our mental health. Taking on the challenges of erasing the stigma, providing support, and advocating for individuals with mental illness and their families is a task that requires all of us. We hope you join us in sharing this blog with your families and friends.