You're not alone
You’re Not Alone
Thankfully mental wellness continued to come to the forefront of public health in the last few years. We are slowly but surely removing the stigmas and becoming more open-minded about therapy and treatment. These are impressive strides, but our fight’s not over.
Covid-19 has caused many more people to experience anxiety and depression, as being lonely or grieving loved ones has become common emotional symptoms from the pandemic. So, as we enter the new year, remember that you’re not alone and that you’re a virtue.
It can be hard even to remember what it’s like to feel “good” when you're in the thick of it. The things that used to be so simple take a ridiculous amount of effort, and finding a place to begin becomes another chore. We’ve been there, and with a bit of support and being pointed in the right direction, you can feel better. Mental health and wellness are the foundation for a healthy life, and as we know, what use is your physical health if your brain has other plans? Here are a few ways to prioritize your mental wellness, as well as some benefits of feeling good.
Self-Care is NOT Selfish
You’ve heard the term self-care, and you’ve probably tagged it in a social post, but have you actually prioritized some time for you to do something for yourself? We know everyone expects the most from you – all the time, and ordinarily, we know you’re Superman or Wonder woman. However, without some “me time,” you’ll be exhausted; doing the most could be your kryptonite. Try to take a break every once in a while by walking amongst nature, reading a book, or even coloring. Anything to take your mind off the present chaos and onto your mind, body, and soul. It will be much better for everyone when you have clarity and strength, not fog and fatigue.
Give Yourself Some Grace
We’re all humans, and the mark of any decent human being is our innate ability to make mistakes. However, the other neat thing about being human is how resilient we are. It’s essential to realize our mistakes, learn from them, and laugh at them. Failing is the fun part of life; you have to see it that way. Failure doesn’t mean you’re not valid or that your dream isn’t good enough. Failure simply means something to be learned or another direction to be taken. Giving ourselves grace can help us make small, sustainable changes that help support our long-term goals, mental health, and well-being.
Calm Your Mind
This usually begins with logging off from social media for a bit and turning the tv off. The immense input of information we receive daily is almost overwhelming in itself. When we add in the social pressures of social media platforms, doom and gloom news, and constant communication, it’s enough to be a sensory overload. If mindful activities aren’t helping you turn off those ruminating thoughts, you may want to try an alternative like supplements. Virtue Supplements is a next-generation, natural supplement that uses clinically-proven, high-quality ingredients to alleviate the mind and body challenges people encounter daily. Our motto is being able to find the calm in chaos.
Find Your Circle
An essential part of “getting over the hump” is having a support system. If you have friends or family you trust, take some time to talk. Often just venting about the things going on in our lives helps us have a better idea of moving forward. You never know what someone else's experience can offer you until you ask. Perhaps you might not feel that the people in your life have the time to listen or don’t indeed have the ability to understand what you need. If this is the case, find people that do. Some professionals specialize in LGBTQ+ mental health, like The Trevor Project. Additionally, there are services for other minority groups like Melanin & Mental Health which was born out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities.
Benefits of feeling good
Whether young or old, the importance of mental health for total well-being cannot be overstated; when psychological wellness is affected, it can cause negative behaviors that may involve personal health and compromise relationships with others. Mental health significantly correlates with personal feelings about oneself. Overall mental wellness plays a part in your self-esteem. Confidence can often be a good indicator of a healthy mental state. If you feel mentally strong, it's more likely that you will work more efficiently and provide higher quality work. When mental well-being thrives, your quality of life may improve. This can give room for greater participation in your current relationships and new ones.
Remember that good mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness. It means you are in a state of well-being where you feel good and function well in the world. Not every day will be great, and life tends to throw out speed bumps, but it is possible to manage these stressors healthily and positively. Not only that, but we have faith that you can do anything you set your mind to and know better days are on the horizon.
If you’re in crisis or experiencing suicidal ideation, you should seek help immediately. You can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The hotline is a national network of crisis centers all over the United States. They offer confidential and free emotional support to anyone in need experiencing a suicidal crisis.