Well in Mind: Mindful Minute
Adults can experience the same mental health issues during the summer, especially depression and anxiety. The National Alliance on Mental Illness website suggests that some people can actually experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) during the summer. SAD is characterized by depressive episodes that occur during certain times of the year (typically during the winter). In the case of seasonal affective disorder that is experienced during the summer, symptoms tend to be weight loss, minimal appetite, anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.
Start the Conversation
As one in four people experience a mental health problem each year, talking openly about mental health has the potential to make life better for all of us. Though the stigma surrounding mental illness can sometimes make talking about it seem difficult – It doesn’t have to be! Here are some ways to get the conversation started…
Get some fresh air with someone
Talking doesn’t have to start with talking. Sometimes it can start with walking. If you spend a big part of your day inside, ask someone if they’d like to get some fresh air and see where the conversation takes you.
REALLY ask a friend ‘How are you?’
It can be difficult to keep count of how many times you’re asked ‘how are you?’ in one day. But for many of us, it can be much easier to count just how many times you give the real answer. Pick up your phone and catch up with someone you haven’t managed to for a while. A little uneasy talking face-to-face? Then just check-in with a friend or loved one via text or email.
Tell someone how you’re feeling today
Revealing how you’re feeling can be daunting. But if it’s someone you trust, being open can often inspire an open response and an honest conversation. Just be sure you only say as much as you are comfortable doing so.
Thank someone for something they’ve done for you
We don’t always realize the impact of the small things we naturally do for others on a daily basis. An unprompted ‘thank you’ is a nice way to show someone how much you value them and open up a conversation in ways you may not expect.
Find out what someone does to unwind on a tough day
Sharing ideas on how to relax is an interesting and helpful way to start a conversation about mental health for all involved. Not only could it prompt a colleague or loved one to take a look at how they manage their wellbeing, but you may also pick up a few tips for yourself!
If you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health issue, help is available. You are not alone in your mental health journey. Reaching out to a trusted resource is the first step to getting the support you need.
Well In Mind is here for you. Call 815-933-2240 to schedule an appointment or to ask about your EAP benefits.