Mental Health Awareness month
MAY 2017 Calendar
25 Days To Better Mental Health
May 7: Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavonoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills
May 8: Experiment with a new recipe, write a poem, paint or try a Pinterest project. Creative expression and overall well-being are linked.
May 9: Track gratitude and achievement with a journal – include 3 things you were grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day
May 10: Start your day with a cup of coffee. Coffee consumption is linked to lower rates of depression. If you can’t drink coffee because of the caffeine, try another good-for-you drink like green tea.
May 11: Work your strengths. Do something you’re good at to build self-confidence, then tackle a tougher task. You’ve got this!
May 12: Keep it cool for a good night’s sleep. The optimal temperature for sleep is between 60˚ and 67˚ Fahrenheit.
May 13: Go off the grid. Leave your smart phone at home for a day and disconnect from constant emails, alerts, and other interruptions. Spend time doing something fun with someone face-to-face.
May 14: It’s Mother’s Day! Show some love to someone in your life who is a mom. Close, quality relationships are key for a happy, healthy life
May 15: Mondays can be a little rough. Go ahead and yawn. Studies suggest that yawning helps cool the brain and improves alertness and mental efficiency. Take time to laugh.
May 16: Work some omega-3 fatty acids into your diet–they are linked to decreased rates of depression and schizophrenia among their many benefits. Fish oil supplements work, but eating your omega-3s in foods like wild salmon, flaxseeds or walnuts also helps build healthy gut bacteria.
May 17: Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out animal videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.
May 18: Relax in a warm bath once a week. Try adding Epsom salts to soothe aches and pains and help boost magnesium levels, which can be depleted by stress.
May 19: Has something been bothering you? Let it all out…on paper. Writing about upsetting experiences can reduce symptoms of depression.
May 20: Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we’ve already got. Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible.
May 21: Try prepping your lunches or picking out your clothes for the work week. You’ll save some time in the mornings and have a sense of control about the week ahead.
May 22: Practice forgiveness – even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you o during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.
May 23: Feeling stressed? Smile. It may not be the easiest thing to do, but smiling can help to lower your heart rate and calm you down.
May 24: Send a thank you note – not for a material item, but to let someone know why you appreciate them. Written expressions of gratitude are linked to increased happiness.
May 25: Spend some time with a furry friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone – cortisol, and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter.
May 26: Take time to laugh. Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out animal videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.
May 27: It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Do something with friends and family – have a cookout, go to a park, or play a game. People are 12 times more likely to feel happy on days that they spend 6-7 hours with friends and family
May 28: Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature – it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.
May29: Enjoy Memorial Day! Make sure to enjoy 15 minutes of sunshine, and apply sunscreen. Sunlight synthesizes Vitamin D, which experts believe is a mood elevator.
May 30: Feeling anxious? Take a trip down memory lane and do some coloring for about 20 minutes to help you clear your mind. Pick a design that’s geometric and a little complicated for the best effect.
May 31: End the month on a high note. Try something outside of your comfort zone to make room for adventure and excitement in your life.