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Mental Health Awareness Month: What You Can Do for Yourself

May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, an initiative designed to teach people about the importance of mental wellness. Mental Health Awareness Month provides a great opportunity to consider your mental well-being. It also presents an opportunity to do new things so you can take care of your mental health.  

If you feel depressed, anxious, or stressed out due to your job or job search, now’s a good time to take a step back and focus on your mental well-being. Here are five things that you can do to support your mental health now and in the future. 

Activities That Can Help Support Your Mental Health!

1. Exercise

Make exercise a daily habit. Ideally, shoot for 30 minutes of exercise each day. Keep in mind that you don’t need to complete your entire exercise regimen at once. You can walk, run, or hike to get outdoors and exercise. Don’t forget that you can exercise with family members and friends, too.  

2. Meditate

Dedicate a few minutes each day to step away from the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day activities. You can breathe deeply and focus on your thoughts. With meditation, you may start to feel calm. When you return to your daily activities, you may feel more focused than ever before.  

3. Make a Work of Art

When you feel down, a work of art can brighten your spirits. You can draw, paint, or engage in any other art activity. On top of that, you can make your work as simple or detailed as you choose. Your work of art can be displayed at work or at home. Any time you look at your artwork, it may help brighten up your day.  

4. Do Something You Enjoy 

Dedicate time every day to do something that brings a smile to your face. For example, you can set aside time to have a phone call or video chat with a family member or friend. Or, you can prepare your favorite dinner at the end of a long workday. Small rewards can make a big difference relative to your mental health. As you do things that you enjoy, you may find yourself feeling more confident than ever before.  

5. Take a Vacation

Prioritize your self-care by stepping away from work and other everyday activities. A vacation allows you to enjoy time by yourself or with family members and friends. During this time, you can focus on taking care of yourself. You may find that your vacation time revitalizes your mind and body, too.  

Why You Need to Take Care of Your Mental Health

Mental health issues can escalate quickly if you are not careful. If you feel worn out from work, let your manager know how you are feeling. Then, you and your manager can work together to find ways to help you improve your mental well-being. On the other hand, if you are in the midst of a job search and not hearing back about interviews, try to remain calm. Continue to do your best to land your dream job. You can always consult with a mental health professional as well.  

At Elby Professional Services, we can help you find a job that you enjoy. To get started, browse our job board 

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