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Being an adult isn’t all its cracked up to be. As a kid, I daydreamed about the day I would have my own apartment and car. Now, I wish I could just go back to being a kid. Go figure!

Life gets tough and it’s our responsibility to stay afloat. In celebration of Mental Health awareness month, I’d like to share 5 tips that help me daily.  It’s important to #breakthestigma associated with mental health. As a United States Army veteran, I understand that we all want to be strong warriors at work, in our community and at home. And part of being a warrior for others is keeping ourselves as the top priority and taking care of ourselves daily. Check out my tips below:

  1. Remote work doesn’t mean you don’t go outside and get some Vitamin D. It’s important to take walks, exercise and be active.
  2. It’s okay to take a personal day off after a rough week… or in general. Taking a day off means just that, no working or responding to slack, go relax!
  3. Hide your computer and turn off your phone notifications after the workday is done and during the weekends. If you don’t see it, you won’t be prone to start working.
  4. Learn to say “I am unable to take on more work. My plate is full.” Don’t overwhelm yourself and don’t give your team the impression you can do it all unless you’re Clark Kent.
  5. Plan self-love events. Whether it’s bubble baths on Wednesdays, every 1st Friday working out of a coffee shop with friends or getting full body massages on Saturdays. Your body matters.

We all know that if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be of value to others. It’s important to be able to identify when you’re reaching your tipping point. The same way we intentionally book our team meetings and schedule time to pay our bills, we have to also set time aside to rejuvenate.

If you’re ever in need to speak to someone, reach out to one of the following organizations at no cost.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call 800-273-TALK (8255)

If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.

Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741

Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)

Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.

Reference: https://www.nami.org/find-support/nami-helpline