Mental Health: More Than Therapy
May serves as National Mental Health Awareness Month. There is so much more to the term “mental health” than simply speaking with a therapist. It is important to understand what that really means. Mental health is something that goes unnoticed when you have it.
So what does mental health look like? It is the ability to learn, to feel, express and manage a range of positive AND negative emotions. It is also the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others. You are confident when faced with new situations or people. Optimism is felt. You don’t blame yourself. You set goals, feel confident and have good self-esteem. Finally, it is the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.
However, when it is lost, it is noticed (maybe not always by you, but others may see a change). You may lose your focus, experience mood changes, your relationships may suffer and your ability to cope with changes may decrease. Your self-esteem is low and self-blame is high. Optimism turns to pessimism. There is no health without your mental health! Part of this is making sure that our needs, as well as those of whom we love and care for, are taken care of. This is especially true for those of us with aging parents.
Facing the unavoidable fact that the needs of our parents increase as they age is understandably difficult. As such, it can be so overwhelming to navigate all of the array of resources and policies out there. Having all of this in front of you can be discouraging, and even scary! You just want to make sure that they are taken care of so that they can achieve their maximum potential.
Making sure that your family members are taken care of is actually a big step in the right direction towards taking care of your own mental health. Having the piece-of-mind that your loved ones are in good hands actually can aid in your mental health! It is just a reminder of the important, yet admittedly difficult, balance of care for others and care for ourselves.
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) not only provides short-term counseling for yourself and your immediate family. We also assist you with any community resources for elder care in the community. Have some piece-of-mind in knowing that there are resources out there, as well as support to navigate and connect with them.
If you have a need for either yourself or a loved one, do not hesitate to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Call (877) 252-8550.