Thursday, May 7, 2020

May Means Mental Health

This semester has been historic, to say the least, but now as it comes to a close and finals begin it is an important time to remember that May is Mental Health Awareness month. This tradition was established in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization and has been a lasting observance ever since. Now more than ever it is crucial that we take this opportunity to evaluate our own emotions, thoughts, and mental states. While everyone has their own way to keep their mind healthy, here are some extra tips to incorporate during this quarantine. 
  1. Move around! Walk, run, bike, stretch, or dance. All movement is positive even if it is only for 10 minutes and will help alleviate the feeling of being cooped up inside all day.
  2. Stay connected! Call, video chat, or text friends and family.  Just because we have to physically distance ourselves from one another doesn’t mean we have to cut ourselves off from the world. 
  3. Try something new! Cook, paint, read, or redesign. Who knows you may find a new passion or simply by switching it up it can help you refocus.
  4. Catch up! Sleep, relax, or binge on a new show. It is impossible and unrealistic to be productive at all times. Use this as a chance to catch up on what you need, especially in this stressful time. Sometimes the best way to spend a day is by doing nothing.
  5. Reach out! If you are struggling do not be afraid to take advantage of clinics like Boynton and all of the services they have to offer. It is okay not to be okay. 
Mental Health is just as important as physical health, now more than ever. May is the perfect time to prioritize yourself and make the most of Mental Health Awareness Month. Stay safe and stay healthy! 

Written by Anneliese Watry.