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Mental Health Awareness: Tips and Encouragement



How can you prioritize your mental health?

What are some common struggles that women often face when it comes to mental health?

For mental health awareness, check out these strategies and inspiration to navigate the challenges critical to connection and healing.


Overcoming Stigma and Societal Expectations:


Post-Pandemic and there are still stigmas that challenge societal norms and expectations that contribute to mental health stigma. Open the discussion, it’s ok to say you’re not okay. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. When you surround yourself with supportive individuals who validate your experiences it’s a comfort. Women who come together to encourage open conversations about mental health find it easier to thrive.


Managing Hormonal Changes:


Hormonal fluctuations create wear and tear on mental health especially during times of transition, such as puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. The top Self-care strategies to prioritize are to simply rest. The body is able to supply restoration and nourishment. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Normalize leaving a task to be completed...another day.  Use stress management tools such as aromatherapy, meditation and yoga to help alleviate symptoms and promote emotional well-being.


Addressing Trauma and Violence:


If you've experienced trauma or violence, healing is possible with the right support. This is when having a tribe, trusted friends, sister circle, family members, or mental health professionals provide guidance and resources. You deserve to feel safe, respected, and supported in your journey toward healing.

 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233


Cultivating Positive Body Image and Self-Esteem:


Negative self-talk diminishes self-esteem. Unrealistic beauty standards tarnish self-worth. Focus on self-compassion and acceptance. Have grace with yourself. Engage in activities that make you feel confident and empowered, such as yoga, journaling, mindful activities such as knitting, gardening or spending time in nature. Surround yourself with positive influences that celebrate diversity and authenticity. Love the skin you’re in.


Balancing Multiple Roles:


Do you have techniques to avoid burnout while juggling multiple responsibilities? Self-care, Self-Care and Set Boundaries. Delegate tasks when possible. The hesitation to ask for help is ingrained in the culture. It’s okay to say no and prioritize your own well-being, even if it means stepping back from certain commitments.


Navigating the complexities of mental health does not have to feel overwhelming.  You are not alone. Reach out for support, lean on your community, and practice kindness and compassion toward yourself and others. Every step you take toward prioritizing your mental well-being is a courageous act of self-love and resilience.


This Mental Health Awareness Month let's commit to supporting ourselves and each other on the journey toward mental wellness. Together, we can create a culture of empathy, understanding, and support for all individuals facing mental health challenges.

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