Teaching Tuesday: Mental Health Awareness Month

May: Mental Health Awareness Month

 

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so today’s Teaching Tuesday is all about recognizing ways to take care of yourself and know that you are never alone. Many people struggle in silence, but getting help and talking to others about what you are going through can help tremendously. It is so important to constantly talk about mental health as so many people have internal battles that they shouldn’t fight alone.

 

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.”

– Glenn Close.

 

Some tips on ways to take care of yourself and cope with stress:

  • Reach out to friends and family
    • During COVID-19, this might look a little different than normal, but calling, texting, emailing and any form of communication with people that care about you can make a positive impact
    • Open up to people you trust about your concerns or struggles so they are aware and can further help you
  • Do yoga, stretch, walk, meditate, etc.
    • Exercise is not foreign to swimmers, but take some time for yourself to slow down a bit and do some less high-intensity training when you can
  • Read, listen to a podcast, listen to your favorite music, watch a happy movie
  • Set aside time to get 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Eat well-balanced meals throughout the day
  • Do things that bring you joy
    • Have a favorite hobby or passion? Do more of these things that bring joy and happiness to your life
  • Speak kindly to yourself
  • YouTube videos about mental health:

 

Here are some articles that help address the mental health conversation some more:

 
    
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