May is Mental Health Month!

This past year presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns. That’s why this during Mental Health Month Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE EAP is highlighting #Tools2Thrive – what individuals can do throughout their daily lives to prioritize mental health, build resiliency, and continue to cope and be successful.  They are providing Fast Facts and resources throughout May that we would like to share with you.

Fast Facts about Mental Health

  • One study found that 85% of what we worry about never happens at all, and in the 15% of times where worries came true, 79% of people handled the difficulty better than expected, or learned a valuable lesson from the experience.

Sometimes in life we end up in situations that we just can’t change. Radical acceptance is all about fully accepting your reality in situations that are beyond your control. This doesn’t mean you approve of the situation, are giving up, or that it isn’t painful. You are still allowed to (and should!) feel however you feel, but by accepting that it is what it is, you give the problem less power over you and you can begin to move forward.

Check out the Tips for Accepting Reality fact sheet and Dealing with Worst-Case Scenario worksheet to learn more and begin to develop tools for success.

It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns and spend time bullying yourself, dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It’s part of how we’re wired – the human brain reacts more intensely to negative events than to positive ones and is more likely to remember insults than praise.

Check out  Getting Out of Thinking Traps tips sheet and Practicing Radical Acceptance worksheet to learn more.

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  • Self care is proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels while increasing self-compassion.

There are always a handful of roles that each of us are juggling. If you are a parent, a student, an employee, a caretaker, someone struggling with a mental health concern, or are just feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of day-to-day life, the idea of taking time for yourself may seem unimaginable. Sometimes it can be di­fficult to even take basic care of ourselves – but there are small things that can be done to make self-care and taking time for ourselves a little bit easier.

Knowing when to turn to friends, family, and co-workers when you are struggling with life’s challenges can help improve your mental health.

Check out the Taking Time for Yourself fact sheet and Prioritizing Self-Care worksheet to learn more and begin to develop tools for success.

Below are a few additional tools/resources to support Self-Care:

Daily Wellness Chart

Guided Journal

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One way to check in with yourself is to take a mental health screen at MHAscreening.org. It’s a quick, free, and private way for someone to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems. Living a healthy lifestyle and incorporating mental health tools to thrive may not be easy but can be achieved by gradually making small changes and building on those successes.

Seeking professional help when self-help efforts to improve your mental health aren’t working is a sign of strength, not weakness

Remember, You are not alone. Contact the EAP. If you feel yourself experiencing sadness or anxiety for an extended period, ask for professional help. Reach out to Saint Luke’s LIFEWISE Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We are here for you.

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