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May Is Mental Health Month: Check In With Yourself

May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month to highlight the importance of mental wellness.

Whether you have a diagnosed mental illness or not, it’s important to take proactive steps to manage your overall wellbeing.

That’s because maintaining your mental health is just as important as your physical health. By prioritizing your emotional, psychological and social well-being, you are better equipped to deal with stressful times more effectively and feel better overall.

Tips to improve and maintain better mental health

Maintain social connections

Check in regularly with family and friends and get involved in your local community by signing up for classes or attending a meetup.

Make time for movement

Exercise improves how you feel mentally and physically. Try going for a walk with friends, ride a bike or attend a workout class.

Prioritize sleep

Lack of sleep can contribute to depression, stress and anxiety.

Practice gratitude

Remind yourself of what you’re grateful for. Try to find the positive even in difficult situations.

Sense of purpose

Know your why—what is your reason for getting out of bed each day? Look for opportunities to help others.

Seek professional support

Don’t be afraid to take the first step and get the help and guidance you may need from a professional counselor. You can call the behavioral health number on the back of your member ID card or call UAMS Health AR ConnectNow at 800-482-9921, 24/7 to schedule a time to connect with local mental health professionals in Arkansas.

This content was provided by New Directions.

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