Mental Health Awareness Month
People with mental health conditions don’t just manage it one month out of the year. They manage their conditions and are being treated all year long. Unfortunately, far too many people suffer daily, even hour to hour, without the necessary support to stabilize their conditions and manage the symptoms effectively.
Mental health conditions and substance use have risen 13% since 2017, especially due to post pandemic trauma. According to the 2023 MHA study…
Our mental health affects our thoughts, how we feel, our behavior and how we manage stress. It affects how we interact and relate to others and the choices we make. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.
One in four adults report more stress this year, which is up 20% from last year. The workplace is the number one cause of stress according to the Center for Disease Control/National Institute on Occupational Safety & Health. Unfortunately, reports indicated that 120,000 people die from work-related stress.
The stigma of mental health stigma leads to people not taking care of themselves and overlooking their health. Many factors contribute to mental health conditions, including:
Some mental health topics include:
Understanding that mental health conditions affect everyone from young adults to the elderly. It affects different people in different ways. Just like physical health is prioritized, your mental health should be too, in fact your mental health can affect your physical health. For example, depression can increase your risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Your mental health can affect how you think, feel, and act. It can also change your relationships, how you make choices and how you deal with others. Mental illness is a very common health condition in America. According to the CDC 1 in every 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a year. Some causes can be feeling lonely or isolated, trauma, history of abuse, chemical imbalance in the brain, drugs, alcohol and more.
Dealing with your mental health can:
Signs to look out for:
Early Warning Signs & Symptoms
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
Ways to help
There is not just one way to start dealing with your mental health. There are medications, therapies, doctors, that can help you on your journey to healing. Here are just some ways you can help cope with anxiety, a common mental health condition that affects 40 million adults each year.
Write things down
Journaling is a great way to handle stress and anxiety. Being able to write your thoughts on paper can be very therapeutic. You could write all the negative sad thoughts down, happy thoughts, write a success journal or a gratitude journal. This will help improve the way you handle your stress and allow yourself to get everything out.
Aromatherapy uses calming essential oils scents such as lavender, rose, sandalwood, and more to relax the mind, body, and spirit, which can help both your mental and physical health.
Practice breathing techniques
When people feel anxious sometimes they begin to not breath properly which can lead to panic attacks. Using deep breathing techniques can increase the supply of oxygen to the brain and help you calm down. Some easy breathing techniques:
Listen to music
Soothing music is known to affect your mood, emotions, and be a stress management tool. It can slow the heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and be a good distraction.
Tap into your creative side
Art therapy and artistic expression, in general, is good for the soul. Many people can benefit from this healing property of art therapy, especially during the holiday season and over the cold winter months. Creating an art piece from scratch has a variety of therapeutic elements.
At Spring Hills Senior Communities, we are proud to offer a variety of art therapy opportunities for the seniors in our care. We understand that this time of year can be difficult for them so we aim to use art therapy as one of many tools to help improve their mental health during this time of year. To learn more about our Signature Touches, contact us.