May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This month different companies and organizations are encouraged to come together to fight the stigma behind mental health and support those with mental illness and their families. Over the past few years, the global pandemic has been a mental burden on everyone. It has challenged us in so many new ways, however, it has allowed for more transparency, empathy, and conversations around mental health in general. 

Your overall well-being is so interconnected to your mental health. Therefore, part of your health is healing your mind. In order to do this, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has listed out some common practices and strategies to help you thrive. To start, you have to implement small changes and create healthy living routines like eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep. You then want to learn how to understand and own your feelings. It’s easy to get caught up in your emotions, so taking the time to identify what you’re feeling and developing an emotional literacy will help you cope with challenging situations. Connecting with others is an important strategy to both enrich your life and find support through tough times. Another strategy is cultivating gratitude. Practicing gratitude by keeping a journal, meditating, or thanking people in your life has been found to improve your mental health.

Don’t forget that you’re not alone. If you have any mental health concerns, reach out to a doctor, or use the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Helpline by calling: 800-662-HELP (4357).

DII is your partner in mental wellness. Our team of experts can work with you to understand how to protect your employees and workplace in all head spaces. Please contact your DII representative for more information.  #MentalHealth

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