Mental Health Awareness

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Considering the unprecedented times, we are currently facing, the following are some helpful tips to practice mindfulness & healthy coping strategies:

  • Find the positive: if you get an 80 on an assignment, remind yourself that you tried your best and an 80 is a good grade.

  • Accept what you cannot control and try to make the most of it.

  • Take a break from work or homework: This means a complete break – completely disconnect. Do something that makes you happy.

  • Know that your best is good enough. You ARE enough.

  • Take a social media break: we miss our friends and we are probably on social media more than normal. This can also be draining and hurt our mental health, too. Challenge yourself not to look at social media for 10-15 minutes and do something productive.

  • Meditate. No, we don’t mean you have to sit on the floor with your legs crossed and chant “OM” out loud (even though it does help!). Find a quiet place and try to calm your mind with deep breathing techniques.

  • Reach out to friends: Play a game via Facetime or Houseparty, text a friend just to say hi and see how they are!

  • Reach out to a parent/guardian, trusted adult, or counselor. Breaking the sigma is what mental health awareness is all about!

Remember you are not alone.