Aevidum Mental Health Awareness Week

May 19th– Introduction Day/ Sleep day

Today’s Challenge: Try to get 8 plus hours of sleep each night this week. See how much better you feel at the end of the week.

May 20th– Eating Disorders Awareness

Eating disorders involve extreme emotions, attitudes, and behaviors involving weight and food. The most common types of eating disorders include, Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating.

Todays Challenge: Eat a healthy lunch.Healthy foods increase energy, concentration, and overall happiness.

May 21th– Anxiety Awareness

People with anxiety disorders respond to certain objects or stimulants with fear and dread. Some signs of an anxiety disorder are rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating, dizziness, and a need to escape. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed if the person’s response is not appropriate for the situation, if the person cannot control the response, or if the anxiety interferes with normal functioning. Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Today’s Challenge: Find an activity that calms you such as listening to relaxing music, exercising, coloring, reading a book, or taking a nap. Do this activity for at least 15 minutes today.

May 22nd– Depression/ Suicide Awareness

Most people have felt sad at times. Feeling sad can be a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles, or an injured self-esteem. But when feelings of intense sadness — including feeling helpless, hopeless, and worthless — last for many days to weeks and keep you from functioning normally. Your depression may be something more than just sadness, it may very well be clinical depression, a treatable medical condition.

Todays challenge: Perform a random act of kindness. Open the door for someone, give someone you don’t normally talk to a compliment (Be sincere), or offer to help someone.

May 23rd–  Gratitude Day

Weekend Challenge #1: This weekend you should take some time to focus on all of the good things that have happened this week. Focusing on positive experiences increase overall happiness.

Weekend Challenge #2: Write a thank you note for someone over the weekend. Who are you thankful for? Seniors this may be the last time you will be able to express your gratitude towards a teacher, principal, or friend. Let someone know you care about them!

Wrap Up the Week:  Showing appreciation, getting adequate amounts of sleep, and eating healthy all decrease someone’s chances of developing a mental disorder.