Arm day, leg day, and . . . brain day? Yes! Total health and wellness include taking care of your body and your mind. Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to take advantage of the chance to focus on improving and strengthening mental health via self-care.
Why is mental health important?
Mental health plays a crucial role in a person’s overall health—it affects our actions, thoughts, feelings, relationships and even our physical health. When your mental health is in a good place, you will be able to better manage the trials that enter your life.
What is self-care?
When we talk about self-care, it’s easy to imagine bubble baths and spa days. The truth is that self-care is a lot more like maintaining a car—small, consistent actions taken to keep things running smoothly. It’s the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.
With that definition, it’s easy to see why self-care is so important! While spa days are a great way to splurge, preserving our long-term health and happiness is even more important.
How does the self-care challenge work?
It’s simple: Do one task for each day of the month. It’s okay if you don’t begin on the first day; just begin with the task that correlates with the day you are on or start from the beginning and go through each day until you complete the list!
This challenge isn’t only for May. Repeat it any time of the year when you need a mentally healing boost.
Remember that while we hope these tasks can help you find more joy in everyday life, they are not a cure for mental illness. If you are struggling with your mental health, please reach out to a mental health care professional.