This past year presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations never before imagined, and many of us struggled with our mental health as a result. The good news is that there are tools and resources available that can support the well-being of individuals and communities.
Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this Mental Health Month Box Butte General Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions is highlighting #Tools2Thrive - what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope with the obstacles of COVID-19.
Throughout the pandemic, many people found themselves struggling with mental health challenges for the first time. During May, we are focusing on tools that can help us process the events of the past year and the feelings surrounding them while also building up skills and supports beyond COVID-19.
We know that the past year forced many to accept tough situations that they had little control over. If you found that it impacted your mental health, you aren’t alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took the anxiety screening at MHAscreening.org, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. However, there are practical tools that can help improve your mental health. Our program is focused on managing anger and frustration, recognizing when trauma may be affecting your mental health, challenging negative thinking patterns, and making time to take care of yourself.
It’s important to remember that working on your mental health and finding tools that help you thrive takes time. Change won’t happen overnight. Instead, by focusing on small changes, you can move through the stressors of the past year and develop long-term strategies to support yourself on an ongoing basis.
For each of us, the tools we use to keep us mentally healthy will be unique. But Box Butte General Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions wants everyone to know that mental illness is real, and recovery is possible. Finding what works for you may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes. By developing your own #Tools2Thrive, it is possible to find the balance between work and play, the ups and downs of life, and physical health and mental health – and set yourself on the path to recovery.
For more information, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may or call Box Butte General Hospital’s Senior Life Solutions at (308) 761-3511.