Happy May! I am thrilled to get closer to the summer months. How about you?! Today I spent all of my free time out doors with Cecilio and his dog Luna (his dogs name is a total coincidence by the way- haha!) soaking up as much sun as possible and it was lovely.
I do have a really two really cool posts coming up about new places I visited this weekend (soon, I promise!).
However I do want to write about something a little more personal to me tonight.
May is National Mental Health Awareness month.
Check out these statistics! Mental illnesses actually affects almost:
- 20% of the adult population
- 50% (!!!!!) of teenagers
- 13% of children
People who are struggling with their mental health are everywhere– maybe in your own family, your neighbor, teacher, co-worker, or even your best friend. Unfortunately- it’s estimated that only half of those who are affected by mental health receive treatment. According to PineRest Mental Health Clinic– untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide. ☹
The two most common mental health conditions are anxiety and mood disorders such as depression and/or bipolar disorder. So. Many. People. have at least one of these mental health conditions and don’t even know themselves because others are too busy calling them something along the lines of,
♡ If this was ever said to you- do not listen to those people! You are not any of those things and you are 100% qualified to feel however you feel. You are not crazy, dramatic, or over emotional. And please if you ever said these things to someone, going forward- please remind yourself that every single personal on this planet is battling something. It is so important to be kind to EVERYONE because you truly have no idea what they’re battling that day- whether they have a mental illness or not. ♡
On that note, whether or not you do struggle with mental illness- we all need to practice self care. Nourishing and caring for our minds and souls. That is what it all comes down to in the end.
Think about it this way- when we are stressed, according to science, our immune system becomes weaker, making us more susceptible to disease and illness. Stress is a result of not taking care of you!
♥♥ This is your little reminder to take care of yourself ♥♥
Do things that make you smile, laugh and feel happy! It is so easy to get stuck working doubles three days in a row, get frustrated by your commute everyday, run around doing errands for a week straight- that we forget to make time for ourselves.
You are the only person who will spend forever with you. Love yourself, and don’t just say it- show it. Here are some example of little things I do to take care of me when I feel stressed, anxious or feel myself becoming depressed:
- Take a walk outdoors. Appreciate the sounds of birds, and insects. 🌞 Feel the suns rays on your skin. 🌱 Touch the grass, pick up cool looking rocks, smile at strangers. Even if they don’t smile back- you may have totally just changed their day, or brightened up their mood without even knowing it. Do it and see how much better you feel.
- Facetime a friend, or relative that makes you laugh. So simple. Ask them about their day, talk about memories, make plans to meet up next weekend. Positive, and warm human interaction will make you feel 10x better afterwards.
- Ask your significant other to hang out with you. That’s your bae! Being with them should be like an escape from reality- a warm, safe and loving environment- always. If it doesn’t feel the way I described, you shouldn’t be with that person. 💗
- 🌧 ☕️ Cuddle up in bed with a movie you’ve been dying to watch. Always nice. Especially on rainy days. Blankets. Dimmed lights. Hot chocolate or tea. Perfect.
- Research or learn about things that will intrigue you. I love learning about new things. 👽 Ex: space, aliens, traveling, browsing lunalyssa.com 👩🏼💻 😝
- Read a book/magazine.
- 🕯 Light candles, play music, and clean your space. In my opinion, cleaning my room makes me super calm. Also, a clean room scientifically proves better sleep, and who doesn’t love a better sleep? 🛌
- Visit the beach, and walk on the boardwalk. 🍨 Get some icecream, ride a bike, have a beach picnic. Sit on a bench and listen to the waves. 🌊 The beach is the perfect spot to unwind and detach from stress.
- PLAN SOMETHING- I always feel a sudden burst of energy when I start planning a fun activity I want to do, or place I want to visit. 💆♀️ Plan a massage over the weekend, brunch with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, a mini vacation- or a big one if that’s in your budget! This gives you something to look forward to. ✈
- 🙅♀️🙅♀️ Most important one of all– ignore, erase, delete, get rid of, don’t think of, and especially don’t reach out to any one, any place, or any thing that brings you and your energy down. 🙅♀️🙅♀️
Honestly, I try to take mental health days every weekend. Even if it’s just doing NOTHING and laying in my pajamas all day watching TV. We all need time to unwind and recollect ourselves after a stressful work week, the end of finals week, etc. It so important to care for our minds and souls, along with the minds and souls of others.
Anyway, I hope this made you smile a little bit, or made you feel a little less alone. I am always here to talk! There are tons are resources too (listed below) if you feel you need help with mental health. Most insurances cover therapy. There is also free therapy counseling on every college campus.
Don’t feel scared to reach out for help. We are all on this Earth together. All 7.4 billion of us. Not one of us should feel alone in our battle, because we aren’t.
If you or anyone else that you know is, or might be suffering from mental illness- please use the links below for further assistance.
Always confidential, 24 hours 7 days a week, and toll-free
- Emergency Medical Services 911
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1‑800‑273‑8255
- National Suicide Prevention Live Online Chat (Click Here)
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives 800-DONTCUT (800-366-8288)
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 800-826-3632
- National Eating Disorders Association Information and Referral Helpline
800-931-2237 (Support services, help, and guidance to people struggling with eating disorders, their loved ones, and families)
- National Association of Anorexia and Associated Disorders 847-831-3438
- National Center for Victims of Crime 800-394-2255
- Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673
- Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 800-273-825
- Postpartum Support International 800-994-4773
- PPD Moms 800-773-6667
- Mental Health America: 800-969-6642
(Referrals to specific mental health service or support program in your community)