Everyone struggles with their mental health from time to time. Whether it’s depression following a breakup or the death of a loved one or anxiety regarding an upcoming unknown. In honor of Mental Awareness week, here is how you can help yourself and others.
Break The Cycle Of Silence
Some mindsets are generational including the mindset that mental health concerns should be ignored or never spoke about. Our parent’s generation got the conversation started but now it is our job to create safe places for the ones we love to talk about their mental health. This includes safe places we can share too.
There are still many stigmas regarding therapy or asking for help in any way, but without help things will not improve. Therapists and alternative practitioners provide tools and actionable strategies for managing both short-term and ongoing mental health concerns. We must not be embarrassed to seek out help of any kind and must not shame or rush others who seek out help.
Celebrate The Wins
There will be days both good and bad, but we must celebrate and take full advantage of all the good days. The more we can reinforce the good feelings the more frequently we can access them.
We must be willing to start the hard conversations, listen to the hard conversations, and be a constant in the lives of those we love.