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Give Your Stress Wings and Let it Fly Away

Balancing mental health is something many people deal with on a daily basis. According to NAMI 21% of U.S. adults experienced mental illness in 2020 (52.9 million people). This represents 1 in 5 adults.

Mental illness can be triggered by a variety of situations and can leave you feeling overwhelmed and helpless. However, it is important to remember that there are tools and strategies you can use to manage and take control of your mental health.

One of the most important things to recognize about anxiety is that it is not something that can simply be turned off like a switch. Telling someone with anxiety to “just stop worrying” is not helpful. The thoughts and feelings associated with anxiety are often deeply ingrained and difficult to manage on your own. Instead, it is important to seek out help and support from others.

Be Kind to Your Mind:

For many people, therapy is one of the most effective ways to manage anxiety. It can provide you with a safe and supportive environment to work through your feelings and develop coping strategies that work for you. There is no shame in seeking therapy; it can be a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their mental health.

Fall in Love with Taking Care of your Body:

Another effective way to manage anxiety is through exercise. Exercise has been shown to release endorphins and reduce stress hormones, making it an effective way to combat both anxiety and depression. You don’t need to be a marathon runner to benefit from exercise - simply getting outside and moving your body can be enough to help you feel better.

If you're interested in incorporating running into your mental wellness routine, here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Start slowly: If you're new to running, it's important to start slowly and build up your endurance over time. Begin with short runs and gradually increase your distance and pace.

2. Set realistic goals: Setting realistic goals can help to keep you motivated and on track. Consider signing up for a race or setting a goal to run a certain distance by a specific date.

3. Find a running partner or group: Running with a partner or group can help keep you accountable and provide motivation and support.

4. Make running a habit: Consistency is key when it comes to running for mental health. Try to establish a regular running routine, whether it's a few times a week or every day.

5. Listen to your body: It's important to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Pushing yourself too hard can lead to injury and burnout, which can ultimately have a negative impact on your mental health.

You have the Ability to Love, so Love Yourself First:

Self love and acceptance are important components of managing anxiety. Remind yourself every day that you are valuable and worthy of love and respect, regardless of your struggles with anxiety. Practicing self-care and treating yourself with compassion and kindness can go a long way towards improving your mental health.

Healthy Food= Healthy Life:

Fueling your body with whole foods is another important aspect of managing anxiety. A healthy diet can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to function properly and can help reduce inflammation and stress in the body. Whether you eat keto, vegan, or a variety of different foods, focusing on whole, clean foods can help you feel your best.

If You Can't make Your own Neurotransmitters, Store bought is Fine:

For some people, medication may be a necessary part of managing anxiety. There is no shame in taking medication to help manage your symptoms, and it can be a valuable tool for those who need it. However, it is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to ensure that you are taking the right medication at the right dose.

Daily Zen:

Finally, mindfulness and breathing practices can be valuable tools for managing anxiety. Mindful meditation can help you focus your thoughts and reduce feelings of anxiety, while breathing practices can help you regulate your breathing and reduce feelings of panic or overwhelm.

Remember, managing anxiety is a journey, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is important to find the tools and strategies that work for you and to be patient and kind to yourself as you work towards better mental health. You are not alone, and there is always help and support available to you.


By Amy Arends

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