Today is world mental health day and we are inspired to make a change, break stigmas and educate others. Let this day unite us under a mission that can affect everyone and anyone. There is power in numbers and together we can lift the stigma!
We would like to share some information on something that we have all faced at one point in our lives, anxiety! As well as some tips to help keep mentally healthy.
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Know When You Are Having a Panic Attack & Get Through It
Panic and anxiety attacks are common among people living with anxiety and depression. Sometimes they occur out of nowhere and for no obvious reason. Panic attacks may feel like heart attacks, but remember it WILL pass and you can and will get through it!
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “symptoms of a panic attack include:
Shaking or trembling
Fear that you are going crazy
Abdominal or digestive issues such as diarrhea or vomiting
Shortness of breath
Feeling like you are going to die
Getting through it :
IT WILL PASS!
Deep Breathing: Focus on your breathing! Take slow deep breaths while inhaling and exhale slowly through your mouth. Taking deep breaths will steady your body shaking and your heartbeat.
Relax Your Muscles: It’s hard being told to relax when you’re having a panic attack, but relaxing your muscles and breathing helps overcome an attack. Sit down and feel the muscles in your body relax while you breathe.
YOU are in Control : You have complete control over your body and you can end a panic attack by controlling it by breathing and releasing any tensions.
Remember to make an appointment with a therapist and/or counselor if you are experiencing anxiety. Speaking to a professional will positively affect your mental health!
10 tips for staying Mentally Healthy:
Practice being positive to yourself. Compliment yourself when you can. Give yourself credit when you complete or achieve something!
Journal or write down things you are grateful for. Journaling is actually a very proactive method in self-care practice!
Try your best to focus on one thing at a time. Live in the moment in other words.
Exercise! Keeping yourself active at least 30 minutes a day has proven to increase your level of serotonin in the brain!
Eat healthy! What you eat nourishes your whole body including your brain!
Open up to a support network. This could mean one person or a group of people. Vulnerability is the most courageous thing you could do and helps you grow as an individual!
Doing something for someone else can help you feel better that you are helping someone in a time of need as they might need it more than you at the moment.
Take a break. Know when you need to take a step back and let that self care kick in!
Sleep! Try getting off your phone/TV's/computer at least 30 minutes before bed and try winding down. This has proven to help sleeping patterns. Also aim for those 8 hours!
Love yourself! There is no one in the world that is exactly like you. Embrace yourself flaws and all because no one else can do it like you!
There's still time to sign up for our Mental Health & Phobia workshop tomorrow.
Click on the following link to sign up- http://bit.ly/WeCareVitaOctober
Vita Women Mental Wellness
Vita Women Mental Wellness program’s mission is to engage with women of the NYC community in guiding them to mental wellness. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are battling with a mental illness every year, which also equals to about 44 million people. These numbers are based on the cases that are being reported, many go undocumented. Mental illness does not chose the person it wants to affect and a person does not choose to have a mental illness. However, Women tend to be more prone to developing a mental illness such as anxiety and depression. Mental illnesses can interfere with usual daily activities, the workplace and having satisfying relationships. Through information, resources and tools, the vita team will work in groups or individual settings to better assist every person’s need.