When we think of the concept of well-being, we often think of our physical health. It’s easy to count the number of steps we take each day and set a goal to add a few more. Mental health is a little more elusive. Having poor mental health does not have to equate to having a mental illness. It can be that you neglect to fine-tune your perspective on life. It’s not as simple as beginning a workout routine, but it’s very important to embrace and nurture our mental health.
Studies have proven a strong connection between our mental health and our physical health. Embracing your mental health starts by assessing the positive ways you care for yourself. The three “R”s below serve as a barometer for the state of our mental health.
Are you getting a full and restful night’s sleep? Do you get to sleep easily or lie there worrying about concerns from the day? Do you stay asleep and get a full, refreshing night of sleep?
Do you make time for things you enjoy? When was the last time you felt relaxed and content in what you were doing?
Do you make time for those who are most important in your life? When is the last time you did something special with your closest friends?
Did you have to pause when considering any of the above questions? If so, you may need to take time to embrace your mental health and do something positive to reduce stress or anxiety in your life. May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a time to focus on taking care of ourselves. One resource you have available is www.behavioralhealthsystems.com. Your EAP offers you a variety of self-assessments, tips and resources under the MemberAccess section.