Mental Health Awareness Month: celebrating that you are more than enough
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as part of reflect's mission to destigmatize mental health, we wanted to share weekly articles relevant to the topic of mental health to get the conversation started.
This week's article will focus on this year's theme by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, "More Than Enough."
This theme reminds us that we all have inherent value and worth, regardless of our achievements, appearance, or other external factors. In a world that often tells us we need to be more, do more, and have more, it's important to remember that we are already enough, just as we are.
Here are four actionable steps you can start taking this month to prioritize your mental health and remind yourself that you are more than enough.
Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a close friend. Recognize that you are doing the best you can, and that it's okay to make mistakes or struggle sometimes.
Instead of beating yourself up when things go wrong, try to be gentle and supportive towards yourself. For example, if you're struggling with a project at work, instead of calling yourself a failure, try saying something like, "This is a tough situation, but I'm doing my best, and that's enough."
If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a break and do something you enjoy, like reading a book or taking a walk. Writing yourself a supportive note or message that you can refer back to can also be a great reminder to be kind to yourself. Remember, self-compassion is not self-indulgence, but a way to build resilience and cope with life's challenges.
Focus on your strengths
Instead of dwelling on your perceived shortcomings or limitations, try to identify and cultivate your strengths. What are you good at? What brings you joy? What do others appreciate about you?
Focusing on your strengths can help you build confidence and self-esteem. For example, if you have a talent for writing, you could start a blog or journal to express yourself creatively. If you enjoy cooking, you could host a dinner party for friends or family. Remember, your strengths are unique to you, and you have something valuable to offer the world.
Set realistic expectations
It's important to set goals and work towards them, but it's also important to be realistic about what you can accomplish. Set goals that are achievable and that align with your values and priorities. Celebrate your progress and accomplishments, even if they're small.
Setting realistic expectations can help you avoid burnout and cultivate a sense of accomplishment. For example, if you want to start exercising more, start small by going for a 10-minute walk each day and gradually increase the duration or intensity. Remember, progress is progress, no matter how small.
Take time each day to reflect on the things in your life that you are grateful for, no matter how small they may seem. Cultivating a sense of gratitude can help shift our focus towards the positive and increase our overall sense of well-being.
Practicing gratitude can take many forms, such as keeping a gratitude journal, expressing thanks to someone who has helped you, or simply taking a moment to appreciate a beautiful sunset. Remember, gratitude is a powerful tool for increasing happiness and resilience.
reflect can help
By practicing self-compassion, focusing on your strengths, setting realistic expectations, and practicing gratitude, you can prioritize your mental health and well-being this Mental Health Awareness month. Remember, you are more than enough, and your mental health matters.
If you find that you could use some extra support in feeling more than enough, know that you are not alone. Seeking help is a brave and important step towards prioritizing your mental health.
At reflect, we are committed to destigmatizing mental health and making therapy more accessible. Our data-driven matching process helps connect you with a therapist who aligns with your unique needs and preferences. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental health care, and we're here to help make that a reality for you.
We can't repeat it enough, you are more than enough just as you are. And if you could use some extra support in believing that, reflect is here to help you on your journey towards greater mental wellness. Just click here and let reflect help you find the right match.