Spread Awareness About Mental Health

Natalie Farran, student, University of Michigan-Dearborn  |  November 18, 2022 in Pearson Students

A spiral notebook with the words ‘Natalie’s Notebook’ printed on the cover. A pen is placed on top of the notebook.

Life is filled with ups and down, and as humans we might have up and down days. We need to take care of ourselves and not let the stressful moments make us angry, sad, or unable to focus. It is okay to have off days and bad days. It is okay to wake up sad, happy, or anxious.

Process all the feelings you have as they come up and remember to breathe through them all and let them go. Some days are just harder than others.

Here are some actions you can take when you are having a hard time:

  1. Doing exercises such as yoga or running
  2. Journaling
  3. Taking a bath
  4. Reading a book
  5. Practicing controlled breathing
  6. Meditating in the morning or before you sleep
  7. Talking to someone you trust and sharing your feelings
  8. Being out in nature
  9. Changing your frame of mind - focus on the positive
  10. Avoiding negative people
  11. Doing a smiling exercise
  12. Listening to music
  13. Eating food that you like
  14. Cleaning or organizing your space
  15. Acknowledging your achievements and being grateful for what you have

Your mental health is as important as your physical health, and not something to feel embarrassed about making a priority. Talking about feelings, emotions, and the patterns our brains work in is an incredibly freeing thing to allow ourselves to do. It is okay to ask for help when you need it.

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