Mental Health Awareness Month
There are simple (but impactful) things you can do every day to improve your mental health. Each week during Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we are asking people to participate in a mindfulness activity and then tell us about your experience below for a chance to win gift cards.
May 24-30: Listen to Music
Weekly Activity: Listen to any slow tempo music that has a calming effect for you. Focus on the sound and vibration of each note, the feelings that the music brings up within you, and other sensations that are happening “right now.” If other thoughts creep into your head, congratulate yourself for noticing, and gently bring your attention back to the moment and music you are hearing.
May 3-9: Breath Count
This week’s activity: Notice your breath for a few minutes, watch it fill your belly and become slower and deeper. Now count as you inhale and exhale, four times:
- 3 counts to inhale
- 1 count hold
- 5 counts exhale
- 1 count hold
May 10-16: Positive Notes
Weekly Activity: Post notes around your home to remind yourself to smile (inside) and relax. Place them somewhere you will see them first thing in the morning, helping to set the tone for the day. Be intentional, look at the notes, notice what happens when you have an “inside” smile.
May 17-23: Three-Minute Breathing Space
Weekly Activity: An easy way to reduce stress and practice mindfulness is to periodically stop what you are doing and take a few minutes to yourself. In a quiet place, focus on your breath for three minutes. Inhale and exhale deeply, focus your full attention on your breath and then the body as a whole.
If you or someone you know needs a mental health support, please call the Alaska Statewide Careline at 1-877-266-HELP (4357) 24/7, or text 4HELP to 839863 Tuesday-Saturday from 3pm-11pm.