Time to Take a Mental Health Moment
How many times has someone asked you in passing, “How are you?” And you’ve responded with the common, “Good. How are you?” – Even when you’re not feeling your best? Our culture often doesn’t give us permission to share our frustrations, all the different kinds of stress, or our fears and anxiety. We often want to be perceived as superheroes who can handle anything that comes our way.
But, in reality, we are all dealing with something, whether we are moving to a new home, getting married, struggling with a project at work, or feeling overwhelmed by demands from friends and family. We often need a break from daily pressures and we rarely give ourselves permission to take one.
Sometimes we have so much to do that we forget that it doesn’t all need to be done right this instant. Take a few minutes to map out your day. Do you have to plan the party today or can it wait until tomorrow?
Indulge in Something you Enjoy
Break up the routine of stressful demands by taking a walk, drinking some hot chocolate, laying down for a nap, visiting a museum, or spending quality time with your family or friends. Remember that you deserve enjoyable moments.
Conflicting and simultaneous demands are sources of stress. Can you shut your office door, find a quiet spot at school, or hang out in your bedroom for a few minutes? Time to yourself helps you reprioritize and reminds you that you can say “no” if demands are too overwhelming
Mental wellness is about balancing our day to day activities, recognizing our limits and focusing on ways we can relieve stress. As much as we want to believe it, none of us is a superhero and we may need some help to get through the day.
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