May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health issues. This year I’m emphasizing the importance of providing people with practical tools and resources to prioritize their mental health and wellness.
Why Mental Health Awareness Month is Important
Mental health awareness month serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health, which is often overlooked in our busy lives. Mental health issues affect millions of people worldwide, and it’s crucial to understand that it is just as important as physical health.
Mental health challenges can range from mild to severe and can impact all aspects of a person’s life. It can affect relationships, work performance, and overall well-being. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues that can make people hesitant to seek help.
During Mental Health Awareness Month, I’m doing my part to break down this stigma and encourage people to seek help when needed. By promoting education and awareness, we can work towards a society where mental health is treated with the same importance as physical health.
One way to combat the on-set of mental health issues is to practice self-care. Did you know self-care is an essential aspect of maintaining good mental health and overall well-being. It involves taking care of oneself physically, emotionally, and mentally, with the goal of reducing stress, improving mood, and increasing resilience. Many people view self-care as a luxury rather than a necessity, leading to neglect of their personal needs and resulting in burnout, stress, and anxiety.
Below I detail and discuss why self-care is important and how it can benefit individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
One of the primary benefits of self-care is that it helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels. When you take the time to care for yourself, you create a sense of calm and inner peace that can carry over into your daily life. Self-care practices such as meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises can help to regulate your nervous system and reduce stress levels.
2. Improves physical health.
Self-care is not just about taking care of your mental health; it is also about taking care of your physical health. Engaging in regular exercise, eating a balanced and healthy diet, and getting enough sleep are all important aspects of self-care that can improve physical health and reduce the risk of chronic health problems.
3. Boosts self-esteem and self-worth.
When you prioritize self-care, you send a message to yourself that you are worth taking care of. This can help to boost your self-esteem and self-worth, which can have a positive impact on all areas of your life. When you feel good about yourself, you are more likely to engage in positive behaviors and make better choices for yourself.
4. Enhances relationships.
Self-care can also enhance your relationships with others. When you take care of yourself, you are better equipped to take care of others, and you are more likely to engage in healthy communication and interactions with those around you. Additionally, when you prioritize self-care, you are more likely to set healthy boundaries and communicate your needs effectively, which can lead to more fulfilling relationships.
5. Increases productivity.
When you neglect self-care, you are more likely to experience burnout and reduced productivity. However, when you take the time to care for yourself, you are better equipped to handle the demands of daily life and work more efficiently. Engaging in self-care practices such as taking breaks, delegating tasks, and setting realistic goals can help to increase productivity and reduce stress.
Self-care is a crucial aspect of maintaining good mental health and overall well-being. By taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally, you can reduce stress and anxiety levels, improve physical health, boost self-esteem and self-worth, enhance relationships, and increase productivity. Remember, self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity for living a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.
If you’re looking for new ways to love on yourself and expand your self-care toolbox join me for my upcoming FREE workshop: “Give Yourself Permission to Pause: Intentional Self-Care” Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00am via zoom.
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I’m Teanna LaNise, your new Personal & Professional Success Coach. My passion is working with individuals that have a passion to serve. I am a Medi-Cal Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, Advocate and Trainer that uses trauma-informed care to support individuals 1-on-1 or in group settings navigate through this journey called life while providing resources and linkages to services along the way.
I know what it feels like to experience overwhelm, stress and burnout while running a business and taking care of family. Everything that I teach and share I’ve been through personally. From self-care, mental health challenges to business, branding, and marketing.
Let me, help you take care of yourself, you matter and should come first, contrary to other beliefs. When we are out of alignment, everything around us is out of alignment.
I have been working with current and aspiring product and service based business professionals for over 15 years who are at their wit’s end when it comes to branding themselves and marketing their products and services.
Let’s take this time and opportunity to become aware of where we are and what we need in order to show up for ourselves with more intention and consistency. I help professionals like you transform themselves and their brands in these core ways:
– Goal Setting, Mindset Mastery and Self-Care planning.
– Crafting the way you want to be perceived.
– Helping you solidify your expert status in your niche.
– Helping you build trust with your audience.