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Let’s Take Care This Mental Health Awareness Month

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Let’s make our mental health a priority this May.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.  As the name suggests, this month encourages us to be proactive when it comes to taking care of our mental and emotional wellbeing. While improving our mental health sounds like a huge undertaking, there are small things that we can do to get started. Here are some suggestions that we can take to prioritize our mental health this month.

  • Learn How to Say “No”

Many of us create our own stress by taking on too much responsibility and stretching ourselves too thin.  This is especially common for those of us who have stereotypical “Type A” personalities.  However, it’s important to understand our limits and accept that we cannot control anything.  We need to learn how to say “no” so we can focus energy on the tasks and responsibilities that are most important to us. Cutting out unnecessary stress may help us feel more relaxed and hopefully, put usin a healthier state of mind.

  • Set Aside Personal Relaxation Time

With all the stress that comes from work, family life, and other responsibilities it may be easy to feel overwhelmed.  However, it’s important that we do not neglect our own wellbeing even in times of intense stress.  This is why it’s so important to set aside time where we can relax and do the things that we enjoy.  Whether we plan a small vacation or simply schedule 30 minutes a day to make ourselves a priority.  Let’smake sure that we are always takingtime for self-care.  When we have a chance to step on the brakes and just breathe, we may feel much happier and content in our everyday lives.

  • Schedule a Mental Health Check-Up

Just like a physical check-up, getting a mental health check-up can help us scan for mental health issues before they become serious.  This month, let’s ask our physicians if we can get an evaluation.  During our examinations, it’s vital that we are honest and disclose any troubling symptoms we might be experiencing.  Examples of symptoms may be feelings of anxiety, fatigue, mood swings, irritability, sadness, suicidal or violent thoughts, changes in appetite, and any sleep issues.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope that you will join us as we take care of ourselves this National Mental Health Awareness Month.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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