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May 12, 2020 Read Time - 6 minutes

National Mental Health Month

May is National Mental Health Month!

Since 1949, Mental Health America has led the observance of mental health awareness in the month of May.

One in five people will experience mental illness such as depression or anxiety during their lifetime. These conditions are highly treatable and there are many different treatment approaches to try.

Read: Medication For Anxiety and Depression

The theme of Mental Health Month 2020 is Tools 2 Thrive. This program provides practical tools that everyone can use during these difficult times to improve their mental health.

In this article, we’ll be going through each of the tools prepared by Mental Health America and remember, if you or a loved one would like to consult a mental health professional, just click here to get started.

  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


Owning Your Feelings

Most people don’t take the time to identify what and how they’re feeling.

Taking the time to think about your emotions can allow you to better cope with challenging situations that may cause unpleasant and difficult feelings.

Some tips to do this include:

  • Allow yourself to feel. Pushing feelings aside is not always an appropriate or wise choice, as repressed emotions can torment us and come back in different forms
  • Talk it out. Having someone to talk to about your emotions will allow you to more directly confront and identify them.
  • Build your emotional vocabulary. The more ways you know how to describe your feelings, the easier it will be for you and others to understand.
  • Trying journaling. Writing our thoughts out in front of us can lend necessary perspective to confusing or otherwise difficult emotions.
  • Consider the strength of your feelings.
  • Seek professional guidance. If you’re taking steps to be more in touch with your feelings, but aren’t sure how to manage them, mental health providers have been trained to help. Click here to get started online.

Finding the Positive

At some point in our lives, we all experience loss. It could be the end of a relationship, losing a job, losing a home, or the death of a loved one. It is natural and healthy to experience grieving.

Read: Stages of Grief

During these difficult times of COVID-19, the sensation of loss is even greater for many.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the ways you can remember the good things about who or what you’ve lost, and how you can help yourself recover emotionally. 

  • Try to see your experience as a source of strength. Going through loss gives you the skills to deal with future tough situations
  • Learn from others. Nearly 60% of people have experienced a major loss in the last three years. Talking to others can guide you through the process. 
  • Look for opportunity amid adversity. Loss can change your entire world, and finding ways to thrive in a new reality can help us appreciate the old one from a healthier perspective. 
  • Do what makes you happy. Find activities that make your days enjoyable and fun.
  • Find ways to honor your loss. By memorializing the loss of a loved one, you help keep their memory alive. 

Eliminate Toxic Influences

Certain places and people can trigger us into feeling badly about ourselves or engage us in harmful behaviors.

Identifying toxic things around you is the first step to living free from their grasp.

Some traits of toxic people may include:

  • Manipulation. People who make you feel guilty or act fake towards you are usually there to gain something for themselves, not to help you. 
  • They make you feel bad about yourself. Insults are a direct way to make you feel bad, but there are plenty of other ways people can hurt you. For example, if someone downplays your achievements, they may be toxic for you. 
  • Being judgmental. Everyone is judgmental, but someone who constantly criticizes others for things they don’t approve of can be harmful to your mental health.
  • Negativity. Some people have trouble seeing the good and joy in life. If you are surrounded by someone like this, it can reflect in your own views of the world and bring you down.
  • Passive aggression. Someone who expresses their discontent in hostile and unhelpful ways.
  • Self-centered. Toxic people who don’t care for others will never put your problems in front of their own.
  • Controlling. One of the most toxic behaviours is someone who controls others to do their bidding. They may try to restrict your actions and words, and they do not let you live comfortably. 

Creating Health Routines

Routines shape our lives. How we choose to spend each day is often dictated by the patterns of our lifestyle.

Improving our routines can create enormous shifts in our mental health by changing the way we approach every new day.

  • Start small. Big changes may be hard to stick by, but small changes make it easier to adopt a routine.
  • Add to your existing habits. If you drink a cup of coffee in the morning, why not add 10 minutes of reading onto your routine that already exists.
  • Make swaps. Identify things in your day and swap them for new routines you want to try, This can remove negative routines and replace them with positive ones without using more time.  
  • Plan ahead. By planning ahead, you prepare yourself for new challenges that might be hard to overcome on the spot. 
  • Reward yourself for small victories.
  • Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day!
  • Book on our free mobile app or website.

    Our doctors operate in all 50 states and same day appointments are available every 15 minutes.

  • See a doctor, get treatment and a prescription at your local pharmacy.

  • Use your health insurance just like you normally would to see your doctor.


Mental Health Treatment Online

PlushCare’s primary care doctors are here to help if you or a loved one is experiencing any mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression.

Our board certified doctors have an average of 15 years of experience, are all graduates from the top 50 U.S. medical schools, and treat 97% of conditions on the first visit.

Our top doctors can diagnose your condition and work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan, including medically necessary prescription medications that are not classified as controlled substances.

PlushCare physicians can also refill existing prescriptions you have.

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