When it comes to the month of May, there are many things going on. Graduations begin, the seasons start to change, and weddings are just around the corner. Most importantly, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On top of a busy life, people must face the challenges that mental illness can bring on. It’s more common than you might think. According to lifespan.org, “Nearly one in five adults in the US has a mental health condition.” In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here are some tips to help improve your mental well-being.

First, it is important to always make time to relax and reduce stress. Some ways to incorporate relaxation may include morning meditation, watching your favorite movie, or maybe going to a yoga class. You may even venture out into discovering new hobbies. However you choose to relax, always remember to take time for yourself. 

Another tip is to connect with others. Better Health says, “Proven links lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem, greater empathy, and more trusting and cooperative relationships.” Whether you’re an introvert meeting friends online or grabbing dinner with your colleague from work, there are many benefits to having those connections. Volunteering and networking are a great way to put yourself out there. You might even make a new friend which could lead you to many adventures.

Lastly, mental health is just as important as your physical health. How you treat your body is how you treat your mind. Therefore, you should be exercising every day. Take a walk in the park, ask your friends to play volleyball, or sign up for a Pilates class. It can be hard to stay consistent but finding creative ways to incorporate movements into your daily routine will benefit more than just your physical wellbeing. Don’t forget to get a good night’s sleep and let your body rest. Usually, your body will tell you what it needs, learn how to listen to it, and watch it transform your quality of life.

Here at Rutherford’s Best Doctors, we care about your well-being. Contact us at 615-869-0030 for ways we can help. Visit this link to view our directory.