According to the World Health Organization, World Mental Health Day is Saturday, October 10.

Each year, this day is dedicated to bringing awareness for mental health issues and supporting overall mental health. Services and resources are emphasized to help individuals and families dealing with mental health issues. This year, there is plenty of anxiety and depression caused by the growing uncertainty of a global pandemic. Our lives have completely changed since the beginning of March. Honestly, 2020 is a lot and it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.

That’s why the WHO encourages everyone to recognize this day and truly embrace it. Locally, we are lucky to have “Help and Hope Southcoast” as a wonderful source of information and guidance to assist those who are struggling right now.

There are a few small recommendations to take control of your mental health, and they are easy enough for you to start today:

  1. Get enough sleep every night
  2. Eat nutrient-rich foods
  3. Cut down on processed foods, sugars, and alcohol
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Practice mindfulness
  6. Take time for yourself
  7. Do activities that you enjoy

These might seem overly simplified, but it’s these basic needs that get neglected when we don’t feel like the best versions of ourselves. And let’s be real here; I don’t think any of us are going to look back on 2020 and think, “I was living my best life.”

So shut off the screens, throw on your sneakers, and get outside for a walk or hike. Call a friend to meet you. Make a point to go one day eating somewhat healthy and set aside 15 minutes to meditate. See how you feel after this weekend and report back on Monday morning.

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