October 10th is World Mental Health Day. What better time to assess your own mental health and the mental health of those around you. Feelings of anxiety, fear, stress, and depression not only lower your quality of life, they also increase the risks of health problems.
Many people go through periods of feeling blue, but if these feelings linger and start to affect your daily activities or ability to enjoy life, seek help. When you are feeling blue, the following tips may help you work through your negative feelings:
- Confide in someone you trust – A loved one may be able to offer strength and support.
- Manage stress – Learn techniques to lower your stress and anxiety.
- Exercise – Regular exercise can improve your mood.*
- Eat right – Eat healthy foods and try to avoid junk food and alcohol.*
- Get enough sleep – Try to maintain a regular sleep schedule of 7-8 hours a night.
- Have fun – Schedule time for fun, spending time outdoors, and recreational activities.
- Be social – Stay in touch with friends and family.
- Educate yourself – Learn more about depression and ways to manage your feelings.
*Speak to your doctor before starting a new diet or exercise routine.
Visit our Maintaining Your Health Page to use the free screening tool to see if you may have symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD or other conditions. The page also offers more information on taking care of your self, staying active, dealing with stress, and managing your anxiety.
Watch yourself and those around you for these warning signs of depression:
- Continual sadness or anxiety
- Loss of interest in activities
- Sleep problems
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Difficulty making decisions
If you notice these signs in yourself, be sure to reach out to someone you trust for help, such as your Primary Care Provider. If you notice these signs in someone you love, offer support and encourage them to seek help. Visit our Support Programs and Services Page for mental health resources and support programs.