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Easy Ways to Participate in Mental Health Awareness Month

We all know how important it is to prioritize our physical health to live a healthy lifestyle, but what about our mental health? While the role of one's mental health has become more widely understood and accepted, most people could do more to prioritize their mental wellbeing. For those working as home health aides, taking practical steps to reduce stress plays a crucial role in maintaining a positive perspective. This is especially true when striving to balance a stressful work environment and normal home life. Here are 4 practical tips to prioritize your mental wellness this Mental Health Awareness Month.

Stay Active During Mental Health Awareness Month

Oftentimes, the way in which we care for our bodies can impact how we feel mentally. While staying active may be a daunting endeavor for folks struggling with mental health concerns, keeping your body strong is a wonderful way to protect your mental well-being. With this in mind, it's always wise to make healthy choices on a regular basis to promote a strong body. If a rigorous work-out routine isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. You don't have to hit the gym or run a marathon to live an active lifestyle. Here are some easy ways to keep your body in great shape:

  • Eat meals with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins
  • Replace soda and sugary drinks with water
  • Find an exercise routine that you enjoy, such as swimming, walking your dog, or cycling
  • Make annual check-ups with your primary care doctor

Connect With Loved Ones

So much of our mental wellbeing depends on our connection to others, especially our friends and family. While spending time together in person may not be an option right now, it's still possible to make memories. For example, scheduling a regular video meeting can allow you to see and talk with far-away friends and family. You may be surprised by just how good you feel after hearing a familiar face say "I miss you," even if it's over your cell phone's screen.

Find Time to Unwind

When is the last time you intentionally did something to help you unwind? Taking personal time to do an activity specifically for your own personal pleasure is an effective way to reduce stress and prioritize your mental health. While getting a pedicure or going to a sporting event may be ideal, they're probably not activities you can accomplish on a regular basis. Instead, find small ways to find enjoyment throughout during Mental Health Awareness Month, such as:

  • Meditating/Praying
  • Writing/Journaling
  • Reading
  • Taking a walk
  • Have Fun (drawing, cooking, playing an instrument, etc.)

Set a New Goal

If you're looking to improve your mental clarity, get motivated, and feel rejuvenated, why not try setting a new goal? It's never too late to learn something new or strive to improve yourself in some way. If you think that a goal has to be ridiculously challenging or extraordinary, think again. Sometimes reaching a small goal is all you need to boost your self-esteem. Then, continue setting new goals as you reach each one. Setting personal finish lines can keep you stimulated and give you something to always be working toward, even if it seems small.

Learn More About Mental Health Awareness Month

Caring for others as a home health aide can be difficult, especially during a global pandemic. Remember, your mental health and wellbeing is worth investing in to ensure your professional and personal life stays on track. If you've been putting your mental health on the back burner, now is the time to make it a priority with these simple tips. For more tips on caring for your mental health this Mental Health Awareness Month, Elite Home Health Care is here to help. Visit us online today!

Written by: Yelena Sokolsky