May is National Mental Health Awareness month and National Meditation month.
If you put either of those in your search browser, there are a lot of tips on how to meditate and how to recognize and raise awareness of mental health issues. There is a lot of information on both meditation and mental health because they have deep rooted histories.
If we want mental health issues and related manifestations to be addressed we can take action by reducing stigma attached to getting help for mental health conditions. We can advocate for research and funding so people can access better resources for maintaining their mental health wellness. We can remove perceived and actual barriers to getting help from skilled mental health counselors , therapists, psychologists and other health care practitioners. A person does not need to have chronic mental health issues to get help. It can be situational and short term. Mental health disorders can stem from physical ailments; they can be masked by substance use or come as a result of substance use; Mental health issues and traumatic experiences can be related as well. Support others to reach out to professionals if they need help. If you need help, you matter and your mental health matters. Reach out to trusted loved ones and your doctors, the crisis line in your area, and health care professionals.
We know there are benefits of meditation and when used in conjunction with other wellness oriented therapies people can maintain physical and mental wellbeing for longer periods of time. Among many of its benefits, meditation can reduce stress and increase resilience. There are many different forms of meditation, and so like with everything else, no one type fits all. You can tailor it to your needs. Whether you choose to meditate for 5 minutes or longer, by walking, lying down or sitting, in the morning or at night, guided or on your own with a visual, it is an act of self care. Giving yourself time and space to quiet your inner self and the noises of the outer world can be a gift to yourself and others