Why It's Important to Prioritize Your Mental Health
We all have stress in our lives. It's impossible to avoid. But what we can control is how we deal with that stress. Too often, we try to power through our stress and hope it will go away on its own. But that's not always the best solution. In fact, it can often make our stress worse. That's why it's so important to prioritize your mental health and find healthy ways to cope with your stress.
1. Understand Your Stressors
The first step in managing your stress is understanding what causes it. Once you know what your triggers are, you can begin to develop a plan for how to deal with them. Maybe you need to take a break from social media or cut down on caffeine. Or maybe you need to start saying "no" more often. Whatever the case may be, understanding your stressors is an important part of managing your stress.
2. Make Time for Relaxation
In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to forget to relax. We're always on the go and there's always something that needs to be done. But if you don't make time for relaxation, you're only going to make your stress worse. So take some time each day—even if it's only 10 or 15 minutes—to do something that you enjoy and makes you feel good. This could be reading, listening to music, taking a walk, or spending time with friends or family.
3. Seek Professional Help If Needed
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we can't seem to manage our stress on our own. If this is the case for you, don't be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist can help you understand and manage your stress in healthy ways. If you don't want to see a therapist, there are also many hotlines—such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255—that can help you when you're feeling overwhelmed by stress.
Stress is a normal part of life but that doesn't mean it has to control your life. By understanding your stressors, making time for relaxation, and seeking professional help if needed, you can learn how to manage your stress in healthy ways and protect your peace of mind.
The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7 support for people in crisis. Dial 988 to be connected with a trained counselor who can provide support and resources. The Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a confidential service, and all calls are free and anonymous. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. You are not alone.