May is mental health month
May is Mental Health Month in the United States, in Australia we have it later in the year, however, anytime is the right time to put the spotlight on Mental Health.
I was researching Mental health statistics for Australia and was staggered to read that each year, 1 in 5 Australians will experience mental health. Although society has become more aware of the importance of good mental health, there is still some stigma attached. This prevents some people from asking for help and they turn to substance abuse or worse – suicide.
We need to accept that mental health is just as significant as heart disease or any other illness.
If we know someone who we think might be struggling with life, ask them if they are okay. Let them know there is no shame in asking for help.
Mindful in May Challenge
May is also the month I signed up for Mindful in May Challenge, an online mindfulness program which also raises funds to bring clean water to those in developing countries. Each day I will be receiving emails with guided meditations and exercises to create more calm in my life.
The challenge is to spend 10 minutes each day meditating and being mindful.
Plus my contribution will have a positive difference to the lives of others.
Research shows that mindfulness can have a great impact on reducing stress and anxiety and helps to bring inner calm.
Mindfulness is not the total answer for mental health, however, it is one tool that we can all use to focus our thoughts and be present in the moment.
5 Ways to improve your mental health and well being.
- Stay active
- Unplug from technology for a period each day or at least one full day each week
- Have a purpose in your day
I will be updating you on my progress with the Mindful in May Challenge throughout the month.