Find Your Flow: Mental Health Tips for the Month of May!

may is mental health awareness month

We're ready to kick off May with a focus on something just as important as physical health: mental well-being!

Throughout this month dedicated to Mental Health Awareness, consider easy-to-integrate tips to help you feel your best. Remember, taking care of yourself isn't selfish, it's essential! So, let's get started and create a positive and healthy routine together.

Week 1: Move Your Mood

We all know exercise releases endorphins, those feel-good chemicals that leave us energized and happy. But did you know even short bursts of activity can make a big difference? This week, I challenge you to incorporate 10-minute movement breaks into your day. Take the stairs, do some jumping jacks during commercials, or go for a brisk walk around the block. Your body and mind will thank you!

Week 2: Mindfulness on the Mat (or Anywhere)

Fitness isn't just about physical exertion; it's a chance to connect with your body and mind. This week, focus on incorporating mindfulness into your workouts. Whether you're doing yoga, lifting weights, or running, pay attention to your breath, your body's sensations, and how you're feeling in the moment. It's a fantastic way to de-stress and become more present.

Week 3: Connect and Recharge

Human connection is crucial for mental well-being. This week, schedule some quality time with loved ones, friends, or even join a social fitness class. Laughter, positive interaction, and feeling supported by a community all contribute significantly to mental health.

Week 4: Sleep for Success

A good night's sleep is vital for both physical and mental recovery. This week, prioritize sleep hygiene practices. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, establish a consistent sleep schedule, and avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. Waking up feeling refreshed will make a world of difference in your mood and energy levels.

Week 5: Seek Support with Qualified Professionals

It is so important to know there are fantastic resources available for folks struggling with mental health conditions. One such organization is NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), offers a wide range of services to empower and support people. NAMI is a lifeline for millions with various programs available: 

  • Education and Support Groups: NAMI provides educational programs and support groups for individuals with mental illness and their loved ones. These groups offer a safe space to connect, share experiences, and learn coping strategies.

  • Advocacy: NAMI fights tirelessly to raise awareness about mental illness, advocate for better treatment options, and reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions.

  • Helpline: Feeling overwhelmed? NAMI operates a free helpline, staffed by caring and trained individuals, who can offer support and connect you with resources in your area.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, NAMI can help. Here's how to reach out:

  • Call the NAMI HelpLine: 1-800-950-6264 (M-F, 10 AM – 10 PM ET)
  • Text "HelpLine" to 62640
  • Visit the NAMI Website: NAMI: for online resources and support group information.

Remember, you're not alone. NAMI is there to walk beside you on your mental health journey.