Mental Health Awareness Month was started in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health America organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Its purpose is to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses. Studies suggest that Mental illness is a reality for 1 in 5 people; affecting millions of Americans.
As a result of COVID-19, experts recommend adopting tools to safeguard your mental wellbeing. See the list below. Take advantage of resources provided to support, educate, and advocate on behalf of individuals living with mental illness.
Below are a few suggested healthy practices to promote Mental Wellness:
1. Sleep for 8 hours each night
2. Avoid unhealthy foods including sugars, greasy foods, salts, processed foods, and saturated fats
3. Consume more whole grains, greens, unprocessed foods, lean meats, and unsaturated fats
4. Stay hydrated (up to 64oz) of water daily
5. Engage in a physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day
6. Avoid toxic thoughts, people, and conversations
7. Practice stress management
8. Seek Professional Mental Health Counseling
9. Take time for yourself every day
For more information, please visit Mental Health Awareness Month