Mental Wellness

What’s one thing you can change in your day that will improve your mental health?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I wanted to share some information about why it’s important. Mental Health Awareness Month helps raise awareness and educates others about mental illnesses, "such as the 18.1% of Americans who suffer from depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder; the realities of living with these conditions; and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness."

I enjoy talking about self-care, and mental health is a big part of self-care so I want to push the importance of that a little bit more. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we act, think, and feel, and affects how we handle stress, make decisions, and interact with others.

If you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected so please do what you can to make sure your mental health is in tact.

I hopped on Pinterest to look for mental health checklists, inspirational quotes, and other motivational/positive things to share here and on social media. I stumbled across a few things that I plan to share as well as a 31 day mental wellness challenge. I read through a few days and saw a few challenges that I wanted to participate in and urge you to participate as well, to get you thinking about and focusing on your mental wellness.

What’s one thing you can change in your day that will improve your mental health?

Overall I would say that my mental health is well but we can all benefit from focusing on aspects of our mental health more.

One thing that I can change in my day that will improve my mental health is to let go of things that I have no control over. Whether it’s work related or related to my personal life, I have a bad habit of getting upset and frustrated when things do not go the way I intend for them to. Sometimes I complain, I rant, and spend a lot of unnecessary time and energy on things that I cannot change.

I know that certain things are and will always be out of my control including other people's thoughts, words, actions, behaviors and feelings. I can, on the other hand, control my own thoughts, words, actions, behaviors and feelings and I would be happier if I could change these responses to more positive ones.

If I change my negative reactions to things I would be less stressed, more relaxed. Currently, I get wound up and heated when I don't let things go. I get irritated with my own irritation and it's just a continuous cycle of unhappiness, irritation, and stress.

Depending on the situation, my mood can be affected for as little as 10 minutes to as long as 24 to 48 hours.

To combat this issue, I've created some affirmations to remind myself not to get upset about things that are out of my control as well as a few other things. I plan to recite these affirmations daily until they sink in and fully resonate with me.

My Affirmations:

Everything is going to be okay.

I'm not responsible for what others do.

I will not worry about things I cannot control.

I have the power to regulate my emotions.

Having feelings doesn't mean I'm weak.

I will control myself.

This isn't a big deal.

I owe it to myself to manage my anger.

I can feel my anger and still stay in control.

Mental wellness is important and being in good mental health takes time so be kind and patient with yourself through the journey.

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