Mental health struggles are common, but 2020 was an especially trying year for many people. Along with the immediate physical health effects of COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic caused mental health troubles for many.
January is Mental Wellness Month
January 2021 is a much-welcomed month as people try to move past 2020, but just because the calendar year changed doesn’t mean you can leave everything behind. A better future awaits, but you need to take the first step to start the healing process. Fortunately, January is National Mental Wellness Month. Mental Wellness Month is a month-long observance meant to promote self-care and overall mental wellness. A person’s mental wellness can be negatively impacted by several factors and unfortunately, is often neglected. Mental Wellness Month 2021 is a good opportunity for people to take steps to make their mental wellness more of a priority in their life and take steps to work on improving their mental health. Some ways to work on your mental health during mental wellness month include:
- Making time in your schedule to relax and destress
- Analyzing and breaking down unhealthy, negative thinking
- Focusing on the good in your life and practicing gratitude
- Prioritizing activities you enjoy
- Developing healthy habits like regular exercise, eating right, and a good sleep routine
- Getting professional mental health care if you need it
Although your mental health may be fine, someone you love might be struggling. 2020 has been a tough year for many and someone you care about might be battling with poor mental health without you even realizing it. Mental Wellness Month is a good opportunity to check in on your loved ones and encourage them to get help if they need it. Because we offer behavioral health care for people facing various mental health challenges, we understand the importance of mental health and Mental Wellness month. We encourage everyone to take time to work on their own mental wellness and make mental health more of a priority in their life this year, whether or not they are currently having a difficult time. If you are struggling, you should ask for help. While better days may seem out of reach, if you just take the first step to heal by asking for help, the best is yet to come. At Vertava Health, we help people just like you live out their best futures. Get started on yours today.