Marking World Mental Health Awareness Day
October 10 is World Mental Health Awareness Day. This day is designed to increase our awareness of mental health concerns and offer a reminder about what you can do to maintain good emotional hygiene.
It is common for the pandemic to increase feelings of stress, social isolation and mental fatigue. To keep these feelings at bay, you can try engaging in self-care activities. If you are not sure where to start, seek out professional resources, such as the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Or, try one of these activities to help with emotional well-being:
- Stay connected virtually or socially distanced with loved ones and friends.
- Help others when you can. Volunteer or donate time, goods or services.
- Stay active; carve out time to walk, bike or play a sport that allows you to social distance.
- Eat healthy.
- Stay hydrated.
- Make time to relax.
- Get enough sleep.
- Explore something new, find a new hobby or try a new activity.
- Find something to be grateful for each day.
- Keep a sense of humor.
If you have concerns about your mental health, contact the EAP anytime for access to free, confidential support from professional consultants. Reach the MCPS In-House EAP at 240-314-1040 and the External EAP – KEPRO (passcode MCPS) at 866-496-9599.