Mental Health: Myths, Mistakes, and Tips
This week we will be discussing mental health. Mental health is a serious issue and not an easy fix. We want to go more into depth about some of the myths about mental health and some small things you can change that may make your mental health a bit better. If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, here is a helpline you can call: SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
MYTH #1: Mental health issues are uncommon. TRUTH: Mental health issues are very common. Don't feel as though you are alone with any issues you may have.
MYTH #2: The only people who need therapists are people who have gone through trauma. TRUTH: People go to therapy for various reasons. Trauma is not the only valid reason to go to therapy. Sometimes you just need an unbiased perspective on issues you may be having.
MYTH #3: Mental health issues are a sign of weakness. TRUTH: Issues with mental health do not mean someone is weak. Even the strongest of people struggle sometimes.
MYTH #4: Mental health issues are permanent. TRUTH: Mental health issues are not always a permanent thing. Many people get help and begin to feel much better.
MYTH #5: Mental health issues aren't a problem for teens.
TRUTH: Mental health issues do not just affect adults. Teens can struggle as well. Age does not stop mental health issues.
MISTAKE #1: Not talking about your feelings. Talking about your feelings can be extremely helpful. This allows you to get things off of your chest. Holding in your emotions has a negative effect on your mental health.
MISTAKE #2: Thinking there is nothing you can do. There is always something that you can do to help improve your mental health. That can be speaking more kindly to yourself, being around more positive influences, seeking help, going out more, or a plethora of other actions.
MISTAKE #3: Not seeking help. Many people don't seek help as they feel like they will get judged for it. Seeking help can be extremely powerful and can really impact your mental health in a positive way.
TIP #1: Take care of your body. Feeling good physically can help with your mental health. Even when it's hard, make sure to keep up with your hygiene routines. This will keep you physically healthy which can benefit your mental health.
TIP #2: Seek help when needed. Don't wait to ask for help. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness, so ask for it! Help from others can be needed sometimes and it will help improve your mental health.
TIP #3: Have a change of scenery every once in a while. Having a change of scenery and going to new places can do wonders for your mental health. Feeling stuck in one place can be very bleak, so being in a different place may help to boost your spirits.
Surround yourself with positive people. The people that you surround yourself with have a serious impact on your mental health. Being around negative people is very draining. Positive people can have a really good impact on your mental health.
Practice your coping skills. Being able to cope with the things going on in your life is also a huge way to improve your mental health. Without good coping skills, even the smallest things can take a big toll on your mental health.
Speak to yourself kindly. Be nice to yourself! Just like negative people can be draining, negative thoughts can be as well. Being kind to yourself can improve your self-esteem and can help your mental health.