Today, October 10th is World Mental Health Day. Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some sort of mental health issues? Depression, one of the most serious forms of mental health, can be found in one of every 10 young people. Lastly, 1 in 25 Americans has lived with a serious mental health issue such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. While we cannot take all your worries away, today we are going to share with you 3 different ways to focus and channel your energy into something positive and ways to help yourself during a difficult state.
Talk to Someone
Many times we believe no one will understand what we are going through so we don’t speak about mental health. But finding someone who will just listen to what is going on and not try and fix the problem is sometimes just what we need. Speaking with a friend, parent, third-party source, or even seeking out professional help, may go a long way and be just what you need to feel better.
Write it down. Scribble words. Draw a picture. Did you know journaling has been scientifically proven to relieve stress and reduce anxiety? In our Fall Premium Gentleman’s Post, we talked about the benefits of journaling + the real wood Woodchuck USA notebook. We shared that journaling can help you out a creative rut, help you heal by letting things out, and even help you improve your memory.
Whether you’re going for a walk or heading to the gym to lift weights, breaking a sweat to release endorphins is great for mental health. Exercise has been proven to change your mood, lower anxiety, and decrease stress. Find someone to head to the gym with or joining an exercise class is a great way to help strengthen your mental health. Another great aspect of exercising is it will help your sleep pattern. With mental health issues, sleep can be something that often suffers. When you workout, your body will be naturally tired, which is great for sleeping through the night.
Mental health is nothing to push to the side.
If you are in need of help, please reach out to one of these hotlines.
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Trevor HelpLine / Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ+ Teens: 1-866-488-7386
- Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
- Sexual Abuse: 1-888-PREVENT
If you are in danger, please call 911 immediately.