IndyHub is proud to partner with Anthem to bring you this special series highlighting strategies for self care and seeking help to address issues of mental health. Part II in this series touches on stress & anxiety and how to know when to ask for help.
How often does this happen to you:
You’re meeting a friend for coffee, just to catch up. (Which may have taken a few tries to schedule, mind you) You sit down with your latte and they ask, “How’ve you been?” and before you can even think about it, you find yourself replying, “Things have been insanely busy…” and just like that, you’re recalling events you recently attended or sharing more about that upcoming project deadline that has you in the office longer than normal or discussing an issue you’ve been struggling with lately.
We’ve all been there– and sometimes we can’t help but respond this way at first. As young and engaged citizens, we live in a constant state of ‘busy’. Between balancing a career, friends, family, events, activities, side hustles and more, how often do we make time for ourselves for a check-in on our mental state?
In more cases than not, it’s not as frequently as we need. As we round out Mental Illness Awareness Week, please take time for yourself and break out of being ‘busy’, even if for just a moment. It’s important to check in on your mental state and if you’re comfortable, talk to a friend or a doctor if you find yourself overwhelmed or suffering from anxiety or depression.
Our friends at the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana have embarked in the Campaign to Change Direction. Check it out and learn about the five signs of emotional suffering.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide – call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255 or text CONNECT to 74174.