Mental Health Awareness Month

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Each year millions of Americans live with a mental illness. While there are several movements and organizations on the frontlines waiting to help those in need, there are a few daily activities one can practice to help improve their mental health.

Value Yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language.

Surround Yourself with Good People:

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group

Take Care of Your Body:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

• Eat nutritious meals

• Avoid smoking and vaping– see Cessation Help

• Drink plenty of water

• Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods

• Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students. 

Quiet Your Mind:

Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

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