#mentalhealthawarenessmonth💚 Something that we all need to talk about and pay so much more attention to than we think we do. As a society, for some reason, mental health is barely discussed. Maybe it's because it's an illness that isn't necessarily SEEN 👁 But if we open our eyes, our minds and our hearts and listen to those who are loudly, and maybe even quietly, screaming out for help, we can begin to see this illness for its truth and reality and make a difference and provide the help that people need. The stigma that talking to a professional about your problems is looked at as stupid or dumb or makes you weak needs to STOP 🛑 Be gentle with yourself and be gentle with others 🙏🏻✨ and know that you're never alone and that someone is always there to listen 👂🏻Also, I'm a big believer in meditation and I know from personal experience that it has so many benefits... below is a blurb from Mental Health America: ✨
"Meditation-which come in many variations-has long been acknowledged as a tool to master the mind and cope with stress. Science is increasingly validating those claims, especially for depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Over 600 research studies on one form of meditation, Transcendental Meditation, indicate the positive effects of this stress reducing technique.
Yoga and meditation are described separately, but it should be recognized that meditation is an integral part of yoga and difficult to separate out.
Mental Health Implications:
Meditation is especially beneficial for reducing stress. Studies show it can also reduce depression and anxiety, and help people manage chronic pain.
Breathing and relaxation are good for almost everyone. Meditation can benefit people who have mental health conditions, as well as those who do not."