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Sunday, May 22, 2022

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month


Perhaps now more than ever before, mental health has become a major health issue and social concern.

If you're not convinced, you need look no further than local and national news headlines that underscore just how unhinged some members of our society have become.

Rampant violence; mass shootings; crimes against children; road rage; senseless suicides; and unspeakable acts from every corner of the globe.
People are on edge. Folks have short fuses. Some are ticking time bombs. Factors that make us all potentially vulnerable to an array of scenarios.
Adding insult to injury is living in the age of a Pandemic. Stress, uncertainty, social isolation, job loss, the increased cost of living, depression, death---has taken its toll.
Not to mention, the stigma associated with mental illness that prevents many from seeking help and better functioning. 


  • Covid-19 pandemic triggers 25% increase in prevalence of anxiety and depression worldwide.
  • WHO's most recent mental health atlas revealed that in 2020, governments worldwide spent on average just over 2% of their health budgets on mental health. 
  • Additionally, the KFF.org reports that "During the pandemic, about 4 in 10 adults in the U.S. have reported symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder."
In an effort to maintain a healthier mental state, peace and clarity during these challenging times, I offer the following tips.
Please note: I am not a psychologist or doctor. And I don't play one on T.V.
Consult a professional, qualified practitioner to address your personal situation and individual needs for optimal results. 


1. Find simple things that give you pleasure and peace on a daily basis. 
There's great validity to the expression, "simple pleasures are the best."  This can be something as small as taking a brief walk outdoors or escaping through a good book. For me? I love the therapy of music; watching comedies; cooking; and writing poetry.

2. Have and maintain a supportive network of friends. 
Chat over the phone, Zoom, host a small, intimate brunch even.

3. Tap into your creativity.
Did you know that journaling and adult coloring books have therapeutic benefits?  
According to an article at Huffpost.com, "In simplest terms, coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. But it also "brings out our imagination and takes us back to our childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress." 

4. Don't be ashamed of asking for help.
If you feel overly stressed or stretched, reach out. Talk to a trusted friend. Seek counseling. Be more concerned about your well being than other people's potential judgment.

5. Pray.
There is power in it. It can also provide hope and serve as a needed coping mechanism.

Be well. Be strong. And thanks for reading.

Readers, thoughts here?

Image credits: Pixabay.com


  1. Such an excellent reminder, Jen. Thank you! I agree, maintaining mental health is crucial to everything we do, for ourselves and our loved ones. It can really require a dedicated effort, but it is worth it.

  2. Thanks so kindly, Karen. I think that far too often a lot of emphasis and efforts are devoted to our physical well being---weight management, exercise, diet, cosmetic issues, and there needs to be a greater balance between our physical and mental health for optimal "health" and functioning.