How to Make Your Mental Health a Priority
It can be hard to focus on your mental health and make a positive change in your life if other priorities — such as work and family — take up all of your energy. Take some time to reflect on your needs and some areas in your life where you can make a change. You can start by reading an article from this month’s NAMI blog, excerpted here:
“Despite how overwhelmed I often felt, I thought I was getting by and doing well. I received positive feedback at work, liked my colleagues and enjoyed being challenged. But eventually, years of working long hours caught up to me, and my mental health took a turn for the worse. I went from feeling a little tired, to burnt out, to dreading each work day. I felt as though I was drowning.
Then, I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. And I finally realized I wasn’t doing well—that it took all of my energy to simply stay afloat. I neglected taking care of my mental health for years and it was time to make a major life change….
Here’s what worked for me: consider seeing a therapist, if you aren’t already; before you make a major change, make a list of your needs; think ahead about what you’ll miss; and when change finally happens, spend your time intentionally!”