Dear Hearts, your mental health is important and this month it’s time to put it first. During this month, we raise awareness about mental health. Each year we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. Did you know burnout is killing many of us and our creativeness? “Multitasking is a myth. It’s rapidly switching from one task to another, and then back again. And every time you make that switch, you pay a ‘tax’ on both your time and your energy”, states Dr. Shar Yousef. Burnout is on the rise and we must stop ourselves from experiencing this unhealthy cycle. It will lead us down the wrong path of freedom and success. Therefore, we must practice self-care to help us cope with everyday stress and prep our health for stressful situations. Learn how to cope with stress in healthy ways can make us, the people we care about, and our community stronger.
Ladies and gentlemen, our mental health is critical for our personal well-being at every stage of our lives. Mental disorders are real, disabling health conditions that have an immense impact on individuals and families in the United States and internationally. Statistics show about 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder each year. Depression is the leading cause of disability in the United States for individuals ages 15-44.
Two-thirds of people who do not seek treatment have been diagnosed with mental disorders. Treatment is individualized and may include counseling, psychotherapy, medication therapy, rehabilitation, and attention to other mental and psychosocial problems. That’s why it is so important for us to understand the meaning of self-care.
What is Self-Care and Why is it so Important for Your Health?
Self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day. Ladies and gentlemen, you cannot pour from an empty vessel. Self-care is an act of self-love. Self-care is part of the answer to how we can all better cope with daily stressors. Many times, we feel lonelier and less able to unwind and slow down, which makes us feel more anxious and overwhelmed by the simplest task.
I encourage you dear hearts to take care of yourself each day because there is nothing like taking great care of yourself.
· Check in with yourself and listen to your body reactions. Self-care won’t mean the same thing for everyone. What is self-care for one person will likely differ from someone else.
· We will all adopt different self-care practices over time from an exercise routine, spending time in nature, meditating, listening to music, or keeping a gratitude journal. However, it is important that you can stay physically, mentally, and emotionally well.
· Self-care promotes positive health outcomes, such as fostering resilience, living longer, and becoming better equipped to manage stress. Don’t allow burnout to destroy you!
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