For more than 70 years, Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May. Mental health—how you think, feel and act—can change over time due to factors like workload, stress and work-life balance.

Although the past year has been challenging, the mental burden of the pandemic has enabled more transparency and empathy around mental health. Mental health is important year-round, so here are some strategies to help you thrive:

As physical and mental health and wellbeing and linked, American Health & Wellness Senior Health Coach Paige shares her top tips to keep your physical and mental wellness up:

  • Stay active and exercise to reduce panic attacks, lower stress, boost self-esteem, and enhance brain function.
  • Cut down on caffeine and hydrate with water to reduce mood swings.
  • Reduce your screen time by putting down the phone before bed to enhance sleep quality.
  • Recharge your brain and body by getting 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

If you’re struggling with your mental health during the pandemic, you’re not alone. If you have concerns about your mental health, please contact a mental health professional.

For information on stress management and mental health resources, speak with your AHW health coach.