Action is essential in maintaining your mental health but when it comes to prioritizing wellness, it can be difficult to know where to begin. With that in mind, here are some easy ways you can take action on Mental Health Action Day, Thursday, May 18. It’s important to remember that actions look different for everyone, so we encourage you to pursue whatever actions feel best for you.
Check In with Yourself: As you navigate through the business of your day-to-day life it is so easy to forget to take care of yourself and not acknowledging your thoughts and feelings can be detrimental to your mental health. Make sure you are regularly checking in on yourself and assessing your own wellbeing.
Reach Out to a Friend: When you are struggling to care for your mental health, it can often feel isolating and the idea of talking to a loved one in your life about what you are experiencing can seem like a daunting task. But reaching out can make all the difference, as we all need support and encouragement as we navigate through difficult times.
Get Outside: Spending time in nature is a fantastic way to relieve stress and increase your energy. Plus, fresh air literally sends more oxygen to your brain, which can elevate your mood. You only need a few minutes to escape the daily grind and practice a bit of mindfulness.
Drink a Glass of Water: Nearly 80 percent of Americans are not drinking enough water on a daily basis and believe it or not, that lack of hydration can have a massive impact on your mental health. Drinking water can improve your mood and emotions and a study even found that people who drink more water had a lower rate of anxiety and depression than people who drink less water.