World Mental Health Day

It is safe to say that this year has taken a toll on everyone. Not only have studies shown an alarming increase in anxiety and stress levels among adults in the United States, but the current pandemic sheds new light on the importance of mental health and making sure you keep making yourself a priority. This month we celebrate World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Raising awareness and lowering the stigma surrounding mental health is crucial to ensure a thriving economy.

Here are a few ways you can improve your mental health:

Checking in: One of the easiest ways to make sure you are mentally fit is checking in with yourself and how you are feeling. Asking yourself these questions can help you determine if you should take a more active role in improving your mental health or if what you are doing is enough. Some useful things you might want to ask yourself include:

  • How would you describe your overall mood in the last six months?
  • Do you find pleasure in the things you usually do?
  • Have you become more irritable in the last six months?
  • Has your level of stress/anxiety changed recently? If so, can I pinpoint the cause of these changes?

Exercise Regularly: Studies show that those who lead an active lifestyle have reduced stress and anxiety. Exercising provides a positive outlet to negative feelings and increases the serotonin and endorphin levels in your brain. Aerobic exercises like swimming, jogging, dancing, and even gardening, demonstrate the best results.

Mindful Meditation: Mindful meditation teaches you how to be in the moment and not letting thoughts of what is to come or what has happened in the past influence your mood. Meditation helps shift your focus away from stressful and anxiety-provoking thoughts. People that meditate regularly also tend to have a stronger sense of self.

Do your part to help destigmatize mental health by taking an active role in your own psychological and physical health. 


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