Mental health is crucial to our overall well-being and daily functioning. Good mental health allows us to cope with the challenges and stresses of life, maintain healthy relationships with others, and achieve our goals. It affects how we feel, think, and behave, and has an impact on our physical health as well. It is essential to prioritize self-care and seek support when needed to maintain good mental health.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and it’s important to prioritize mental health every day of the year. With that in mind, here are five ways to help yourself stay healthy mentally.

1. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment without judgment. This means taking time to be aware of your thoughts and feelings without getting caught up in them. This can be done through meditation, deep breathing, or simply pausing and taking a moment to observe your surroundings. By practicing mindfulness, you can reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

2. Stay Connected

Human connection is essential for mental health. Make sure to stay connected with friends and loved ones, even if it’s just a quick call or text. Joining groups or clubs can also help you meet new people and build a support system.

3. Exercise Regularly

Exercise has been shown to have numerous mental health benefits, including reducing anxiety and depression. Find an activity you enjoy, whether it’s running, yoga, or dancing, and make time for it regularly.

4. Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is crucial for mental health, yet many of us don’t get enough of it. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Establish a bedtime routine to help signal to your body that it’s time to rest. Avoid screens for at least an hour before bed and create a calm environment in your bedroom.

5. Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude means intentionally focusing on the good things in your life. Keep a gratitude journal or simply take a moment each day to think about what you’re grateful for. This can help improve mood.

Prioritizing mental health is important year-round, but especially during Mental Health Awareness Month. Remember to practice mindfulness, stay connected, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and practice gratitude. These simple steps can have a big impact on your mental health and well-being.

If you are located in Ann Arbor or Orlando and would like to seek help with your mental health, Mental Health Centers in Michigan and Orange County offer a variety of community resources for you or your loved ones.

McKinley understands the importance of mental health. Through our medical benefits provider, Cigna, we offer a variety of ways to seek immediate help and receive continued support for your mental health journey. Check out your employee handbook for details on Talkspace and Ginger, two programs for immediate support.