Updated: May 20, 2020
Mindset, habits and routines are the building blocks for success toward your wellness goals. Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. When we schedule and build our daily routines, we have a tendency to prioritize our work, errands, family, physical health (sometimes) and of course, we attempt to cram as much as humanly possible into one day. We get caught up in this vicious, chaotic cycle without considering the impact it will have on our mental health and wellness. We do not take into consideration just how damaging our poor, mental health can be to our physical health, relationships and day-to-day... until it feels as though it's too late.
Our Mental Health is the foundation to our happiness, health and well-being. Somehow, along the way, we have allowed society to overwhelm us in ways that have altered our priorities. Our mental health has taken a back seat for far too long and it's time to break the stigmas surrounding mental health issues. Did you know that one-in-five US adults will suffer from a mental health condition throughout the duration of his or her lifetime. One-in-five! Take a minuted to think about 5 people you know. One-in-five of those loved ones are fighting a battle you may know nothing about. You could be the one-in-five like most of us are (myself included).
Here are some statistics for those of you who are not familiar with mental illness, also termed mental health disorders, it refers to a wide range of mental health conditions. These disorders affect your cognitive behavior, mood and the way in which one acts or conducts oneself. Some examples of these disorders in the US are: Anxiety (affecting 42 million adults), Depression (impacting 16 million adults) and Bipolar Disorder (approx. 6.1 million adult sufferers) to name a few.
It is important to understand that those faced with mental health disorders are not alone, even though it can feel like an extremely long, lonely path (speaking from personal experience). It is important to prioritize your overall health and that is prioritizing your mental health as your #1.
Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. - Eleanor Brown
I have hand selected a few of my favorite feel-good essentials. These have aided me in my journey of self-care and building a healthy and well-balanced routine. My hope is that they will help you as well!
I want to remind you, you are enough. You have enough. You do enough. Breathe extra deep, let go and just live right now in the moment. It's okay to not be okay. Stay calm and make time for yourself. Show yourself grace as you would show grace to a loved one or stranger. You are strong enough to face it all even if it doesn't feel like it sometimes. On the days where it feels too heavy, seek help. You are not a burden, you are loved. I encourage you to share this post to help raise awareness and break the stigma! Alone we can do so little, Together can do so much!
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Mental Health Awareness Month not only helps people realize the many ways in which mental illness touches their own lives, but also helps them learn about available services, and discover ways to advocate for increased support. #BreakTheStigma