By Lexi Klimpl
Being in the social media and PR industry means we’re on our phones and computers...a lot. That means lots of scrolling through pages filled with positive news, sad news, hot celebrities, “influencers”...you name it. Although we love social media for its ability to connect people in the world who otherwise couldn’t, we are also very aware of the negative aspects of social media, and life overall. One thing that we’re dedicated to at Lum A Terra is making sure the humans behind this business are okay...like actually okay. Mental health is an extremely important aspect of our lives, being that it’s one thing we all can relate to!
The health of your mind is just as important as your physical health. When you are not in the right state of mind, it is hard for you to accomplish your daily tasks as well as your goals. Since experiencing depression first hand after losing my father to cancer at only 18 years old, I now know what it feels like to be unable to do your normal day-to-day activities, start to distance yourself from your close relationships, or lose motivation in all things that once pumped your heart with excitement. Anyone can be affected by mental illness and it can occur at any time during a person’s life.
Did you know 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience some form of mental illness?
The odds are that you didn’t (and that’s totally okay); but the reason being is because in the society we live in, it's frowned upon to talk about our feelings — but without talking about them, taking care of yourself, and getting the help you need, it's nearly impossible to maintain your mental health.
It has now been two years since my father’s passing, and , I can comfortably say that since I decided to put my mental health first by focusing on these 5 tips I’m about to tell you about, I am able to live my life in the present rather than dwelling in the past. If these simple tips have helped me over the past two years then I would love the opportunity to be able to share them with you!
Tip #1: Surround yourself with positive people. Life is tough, and unfortunately there’s no manual that comes with it. But surrounding yourself with people who want the best for you will make your life a whole lot easier. Positive people are the most genuine types of people—more so because they don’t only care about themselves; they care about you as well. Having these type of people in your corner will make you a lot more comfortable when you are wanting to reach out for help in any situation.
Tip #2: Exercise!! You have probably heard this one a million times, but let’s talk about it a million and one times then! 😉This is probably the healthiest thing you can do for your body and mind. Your body releases stress-relieving and mood-boosting endorphins during and after you work out, which is why exercise is so useful when it comes to reducing stress, depression, or anxiety. Start by adding small ways to exercise throughout your day: take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a hike on the weekend or jog around your neighborhood for 20 minutes!
Tip #3: Accept who you are. When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade! We can’t help what has happened in our lives, but we can grow from it. Some people are good at making others laugh, while some are good at being that shoulder for others to cry on, and some are great at eating healthy! Whatever it may be, it is best to embrace yourself rather than wishing you were more like someone else. When you can start to feel good about who you are and raise your confidence, you might just become unstoppable!
Tip #4: Give yourself a break. Chances are most of us have probably been through some tough sh*t, so don’t forget to give yourself credit for making it this far. You may not be satisfied with where you are in your life, but knowing that you have made it through this many obstacles means there is nothing that can stop you now! Binge watch your favorite TV show all night (my current favorite is Orange Is the New Black), dig into that delicious Ben & Jerrys tub of *dairy-free* ice cream, or draw yourself a warm bubble bath with some candles! Embrace how far you’ve come on your journey...you owe it to yourself!
Tip #5: Ask for help. None of us are superhuman with magical powers to magically fix everything, and none of us know the answer to everything (wouldn’t that be nice though? lol). While asking for help is difficult, we are not made to deal with everything on our own; often we stress out and get tired when things don’t go the way we want it to. I personally would not have been able to get through any obstacles without my amazing therapist! With that being said, it doesn’t always have to be professional help, sometimes some good ol’ advice from your mother/father/best friend is all you need!
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You have the power to take positive steps to improve your mental health, and the sooner you start, the easier it will be. I am nowhere near a professional on this topic; in fact, I am only a junior in college with a minimum wage job, but as mentioned, I have been through some tough sh*t! From one normal human being to another, I am giving you my realistic advice that has helped me through a lot. It is now up to you to use this knowledge to better your mental health! Pick something from this post that relates most to you and try it. When you’ve mastered that one, try another one! Commit to making these practices a part of your daily habits and soon you will see a gradual change in how you are feeling and a positive change in your mental health.