Mental Health Mondays – 15. May: Mental Health Awareness Month

Happy First of May! How is it May already? I don’t know about you, but my life in the last few months has been unbelievably unpredictable and incredibly stressful at times.

There’s a lot I want to write about in the next few weeks, getting fired for the first time in my life for no particular reason (other than not putting up with unprofessionalism and disorganisation), the stress of looking for a job (and more importantly what to look for) whilst fighting the self-deprecating thoughts that inevitably accompany job search (especially after getting fired) , the brilliant, online, 2-day Mental Health First Aid course by Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England) I attended right after Easter, getting married, my parents hopefully moving soon out of their almost derelict flat, the completion of my Women Fit For Business (WF4B) and preparing workshops and training on mental health at the workplace, amonst others.

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month and this year’s theme is anxiety, I’ll kick off the month with sharing what helps me cope with the extreme levels of anxiety I’ve been experiencing lately:

  1. Journaling. I’ve been writing down a short paragraph, a summary of each day, to help me process my thoughts and also to remember what happened each day as prolonged anxiety periods affect (my) memory.
  2. Exercise. Yoga and running help me IMMENSELY to let off some steam, clear my mind, relax, whatever I need at any given moment.
  3. Focusing on one thing at a time and keep reminding myself that I shouldn’t worry about anything I can’t control.
  4. Looking after myself and enjoying little moments. Being in the moment is fundamental in forgeting any other worries.

What helps you cope?



Author: Eleni

HE support staff/Mental Health Advocate/ Blogger/ Foodie/ Amateur guitarist/ Love singing/ In love with my home island, Cyprus.

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