May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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May is a time to raise awareness about mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illnesses. People all over the world are struggling to cope with the “new normal’ caused by COVID-19.  The pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. It is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health struggles, because that stigma often prevents individuals from seeking help.

Now more than ever we need to find ways to stay connected with our community. No one should feel alone or without the support and help they need.  No matter what you are going through, please know this: you are not alone. Please consider talking to your loved ones or accessing self care tools and resources available to you.

Countless studies, including research by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, show elevated levels of anxiety and depression associated with COVID-19 lockdowns. With all the pressures in our lives, taking care of our mental well-being is a tangible way to take action. Practicing good mental health habits will reduce stress and will contribute to physical health.

Sim recently relaunched our company-wide Healthy Minds Challenge, encouraging employees to start new habits that help them stay mentally healthy, whether that be spending time outdoors, keeping a journal, connecting with loved ones or shutting off electronic devices and meditating for a few minutes a day.

Some tips for self-care include:

  • Live healthy: eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly.
  • Connect with your loved ones. Spend time with friends and family, or your pet!
  • Try to do something you enjoy every day. That might mean dancing, watching a favorite TV show, working in the garden, painting or reading.
  • Find ways to relax: meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature.
  • Disconnect from all your tech.

Small actions can help support mental health and strengthen our communities during this difficult time.