Mental health awareness month kicks off, tips for self care

DELMARVA – May marks mental health awareness month and we’re checking in with a local mental health professional to revisit the importance of self-care.

Veronica Correa, a licensed clinical social worker with the Personal Wellness Center in Salisbury tells 47 ABC, that May also marks the start of Spring which means spring cleaning, and that applies to your mental health.

Correa says it’s a good time to work on yourself even if you aren’t experiencing serious mental health issues right now, because it can help prepare you for when life does take a turn. So that means doing activities like meditating for five minutes a day, breath-work, walking in nature, yoga, and even journaling. “This mental cleansing or mental showering needs to be done every day, it’s an emotional cleansing and emotional cleaning up,” says Correa.

While resources are available, Correa says sometimes just focusing on quieting your mind can make all the difference. “It’s like saving money, you think I don’t need it now but yes one day you will need it and it’s so nice to have it, it’s the same thing but it’s emotional resilience.” Correa adds, “You’re building a resilience and you become like an oak tree, strong and it doesn’t matter what storm comes your way, you’re going to be able to weather it, or help others along the way if they’re struggling.”

Correa also says kids’ mental health is a growing concern so it’s a good time to check in with your children, students, and anyone who may not feel confident to express their concerns.

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