Everyone has mental health, so it is extremely important to maintain it and keep it healthy. As humans, our lives are very full with stressful moments, tasks, and relationships. Managing these can be quite difficult, so it is critical to keep your mind clear and balanced to stay happy and healthy. From the importance of coping, strategies for calming down, and how to help others, these are pieces of knowledge and advice that everyone should know regarding mental health.

Mental health is no joke. Seriously, it’s not a joke. No one should be ridiculed for their mental state or for trying to heal. A lot of times in our society, we are told that we should just “tough it out” if we are going through a rough patch, and that we should push down our emotions. This is definitely not the case. It is not only okay but it is essential to let yourself feel and be emotional. While sometimes one can’t be emotional in certain settings, it’s important that everyone finds a space where they can be themselves, let out your emotions and relax. If one finds themselves searching for a place like this, the counselors offices are available during school hours for anyone. On-campus counselors are open to anyone who needs a break or needs to vent. There’s also certain exercises that one can do on their own to relax/manage stress.

Coping is an extremely useful skill to help handle extreme events, stressful moments, and overall benefit mental health. It’s often shamed upon, but it shouldn’t be. Coping methods are crucial for understanding oneself and dealing with strong emotions. It’s not about suppressing emotions, but learning about them and handling them. Anything can be a coping method, but it’s important to know that they’re not all healthy. Here are some healthy coping methods that are easy and relaxing:

Take a walk.

Walking outside and getting fresh air can be extremely beneficial for one’s mental health. Exercising can release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that calm the body and help one feel calmer.

Drink Water

This one may seem really simple, but that’s because it is. I always say that water is the cure to everything, and for good reason. Staying hydrated is crucial, because water runs everything in your body. A lack of water won’t do any good for your body, which includes your mind.

Meditate and Breathe

Breathing and focusing on the body’s functions can help one feel more in control of themselves. Steadying one’s breathing and clearing thoughts will not only reduce someone’s stress and anxiety, but relax a person immensely. A specific breathing technique is the: