Life can get pretty crazy, but it’s important to remember that you’re only human – it’s okay to feel. You don’t always have to be the strong superhero. It gets exhausting swallowing your emotions to appease everyone. And smiling 24/7 isn’t healthy – in fact, it can lead to drinking. Sometimes, you need to let yourself break a little bit. No one is perfect and if anyone does expect you to be picture-perfect, it’s not worth your time to stick around. Be sure you’re keeping tabs on your mental state – mental health awareness is important. Here are a few reminders to help you keep your mental health in-check.
You’re only human – if you need to, cry
No one is weak for crying. No one is weak for losing it a little. If you’re having a bad day, don’t keep it bottled up. Let those tears flow. Voice your feelings. Nothing good can come from swallowing those emotions because they will come bubbling out eventually. Try avoiding that major meltdown by being honest with yourself and those around you. And if you need that meltdown anyway, it’s fine, too. Find a safe, appropriate person to talk to and let it out.
If you’re sick or think you may have Coronavirus, stay home
This applies to taking a mental health day, too. If you’re physically sick, stay home or head to your physician. Don’t try to be a hero and go to work – especially with the Coronavirus pandemic. This only prolongs your recovery time and spreads the illness to others. On the other hand, if you’re in need of a mental health day for whatever reason, take it. Take the time to care for yourself. If you need to meet with a mentor, mental health professional, sober friend, or a trusted loved one, set up a time to meet. Our minds and bodies can only take so much – let yourself heal and then dive back into your daily routines.
Mental health days are gaining traction – more schools and businesses are beginning to acknowledge the importance.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help – it’s okay
Many of us have this fear of asking for help. We don’t want to feel vulnerable or allow ourselves to have to depend on someone to help us. But no one has all of the answers, regardless of how many people believe they actually do. We all have questions and we all have our own interests and experiences. Don’t trap yourself in a place that doesn’t allow you to grow. For tips to help you ask for help, read more here.