National Safety Month: Mental Health

As we work together to adapt to a new normal, safety is more important than ever. In honor of National Safety Month, we will be spotlighting several topics throughout June. We hope these tips/resources help to make a difference in your own life as well as the lives of others. This week, we’re talking about the significance of mental health.

According to the CDC, mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well being. It affects how we think, feel and act. In troubling times like these, our mental well-being is of the utmost importance. Here are some tips on how to stay mentally healthy during the global pandemic and beyond:

  • While we should all be practicing social distancing, we don’t need to be practicing social isolation. Take some time out of your day to reach out to family and friends via phone, Facetime or another form of technology and show others who might feel alone that you are there for them. 
  • Physical exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress and boost your mood. Going for a walk around the neighborhood or working out in your home can change your mindset in an instant.
  • It can be tempting to reach for the cookie jar right now, but studies show that what you eat greatly affects how you think and feel. Nourish your body with nutrients and healthy foods to improve your mental health.
  • Even though you’re out of your typical routine, following similar patterns and developing new ones can create a sense of calmness. Whether it’s getting up at the same time each morning or setting tasks for yourself throughout the day, it’s the little things that help the most.
  • You’re being bombarded with news right now in every direction. While it is important to be informed, take a break by reading a book, watching your favorite show or indulging in your favorite hobby.