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Mental Health Awareness Month is Important for All of Us

May 1, 2018

According to the State of Mental Health in America, 18.29% of adults struggle with mental health problems and 8.47% of adults report having a substance use or alcohol problem.

Since May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, CADS wanted to remind you to take time for yourself and your mental health. If you’re not sure how, consider the following scenarios.

At Work: In this space, professionalism is important so managing your depression or anxiety may seem to exacerbate your situation. When you can, take a walk around the office or step outside. You’ll be amazed at what a little fresh air or physical activity can do for you. Additionally, don’t compare yourself to your co-workers or take on more work than you can handle. You have to be realistic with yourself and confident that you’re doing the best job you can do.

With Friends: We know that struggling with mental health can make it difficult to make friends. But, having people in your lives to be open and honest with can make such a difference. You may be surprised with how overly supportive they are – that’s what friends are for! Spending quality time, when it’s convenient or you’re feeling down, with your trusted group of loved ones will help you tackle challenges.

Your Diet: The International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research found that diet is just as important to your mental health as it is to your physical health. In particular, foods found in the Mediterranean diet can help improve your mood and your health. Switch out your white bread for whole grain, your red meat for fish, and take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables! Your whole body will thank you.

Alone Time: It’s essential that you take time for yourself. Whether you take time every day for yoga or meditation, a warm bath, journaling, or grabbing a coloring book use it to let go of negative emotions and refocus on the positive aspects of your life. Crazy busy schedule? Pencil your ‘you’ time in and stick to it! You’ll be glad you did.

Now more than ever, we need to check in with ourselves and others to prioritize mental health. If you need help or need someone to talk to, please call us at CADS, 563-326-1150. We’ll lend a listening ear and get you on a path to mental healthiness!

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