This past weekend, the world celebrated Mental Health Day, an annual observance for mental health education and awareness as an effort to end the stigma attached to mental illness. This year felt especially relevant amidst a global pandemic.
Facing COVID-19 has been a challenge. Whether it’s been adapting to remote working or learning, losing a job, contracting the virus, losing a loved one, becoming anxious about the future, or anything else, these unprecedented times have created obstacles for everyone. In many ways it feels as if the existing challenges in our lives were amplified by this pandemic. Between these difficulties and having to self-isolate, mental well-being may seem almost impossible to obtain at times.
For Olympic marathoner Molly Seidel, leaning on her closest friends and teammates has been extremely beneficial to her mental health. She openly discusses the importance of not being afraid to ask for help and having a support network. Make sure to check out the full interview above to hear what else she had to say.
At Savorista, we too understand the importance of mental health. It’s part of the reason we’ve made it our mission to craft delicious decaf and half caf as one way to normalize reducing caffeine for your mental health. According to Mayo Clinic, and many other experts caffeine has shown to worsen anxiety. Consider dialing back on your caffeine intake as one piece of the puzzle to reduce your stress or anxiety.
There is an overwhelming amount of resources available for mental health and psychological support. You can visit the World Health Organization or the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Mental Health as a starting point, where you will be able to find multiple guides and tips on how to navigate stress and anxiety. It really comes down to what works best for you.
How do you care for your mental health? What can others in our community learn from you?