Top Tips on Tackling the Taboo Topic of Mental Health
May is mental health awareness month. This is a perfect time for us to restructure our morning routines and make ourselves our number one priority. As it should be.
If you feel like you’re experiencing anxiety or overwhelming nervousness on a regular basis just know you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. It is defined as an overwhelming feeling of worry, nervousness or unease. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. Most likely because these conversations are so taboo in our regular social lives.
Which is why we asked a few ladies from our New York #WorkParty their best tips for maintaining balance and feeling good about themselves.
When Jess Franklin, founder of Heygorjess.com feels stressed or overwhelmed with anxiety she works out and unplugs.
“Working out really takes away some of the physical feelings of anxiety for me. Sometimes it’s more physical than it is mental. Even if you don’t feel like working out, just get active. Really truly unplugging from social media can also help big time. Whether it’s a comparison thing or just part of your job, it’s good to step away from social media. If it’s not social media it might be email. When I unplug I feel less stressed. Also, remember to make time for things that you love.”
Courtney, from colormecourtney.com has two major self-care tips for those of us who need an internal pick me up every now and then.
“I love to splurge on a satin or a silk pillowcase. It is really helpful for ending my day and making me feel better. It’s really good for your skin and your hair, especially if you have curly hair. Also, if I feel really tired and I need something to give me a vibrance or a bounce I love adding a pop of color with lipstick. Even if you have tired eyes it can distract you from that and just make you feel better.”
“I’m working on my morning routine and I’m focused on not hoping on my phone right in the beginning of the day. I try to just hop in the shower, take some time to drink my coffee, figure out what I’m going to accomplish for the day, set intentions or meditate, write down some to-dos. It just helps me reorient myself.
Intentionally taking care of yourself first sets a tone and helps you to get through the rest of your day.”
Make more time for you this month, you deserve it girl!