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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This past year, we have all faced experiences that have left us with lasting effects on our mental health. We at ARMS recognize the importance of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and support those experiencing hardships in their lives.
We hope to use this time to share some inspiring messages, simple reminders, and resources to better your overall health.
Check out a few of our favorite resources for mental health and wellness:
American Nursing Association – Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation
Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation is an initiative started by the American Nursing Association Enterprise. According to research by the ANA, nurses are less healthy than the average American. “Research shows that nurses are more likely to be overweight, have higher levels of stress, and get less sleep.”
You can register to join the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge online.
This initiative aims to connect and engage nurses and partner organizations to take action within five domains: activity, sleep, nutrition, quality of life, and safety. They also provide an online platform to inspire action, cultivate friendly competition, and provide content and resources to nurses.
Headspace is a mobile app aimed at providing resources for meditation, sleep, stress, and mindfulness. While you can pay for a monthly subscription for Headspace, they have many free resources available on their website aimed at providing basic information and how-tos for meditation and mindfulness.
Similar to Headspace, Calm is a mobile app that provides resources for meditation and sleep. Calm gives you access to audio programs, relaxing sleep or study music, video lessons, and more for a low monthly fee, or you can enjoy a few of their free resources to give it a try.
The How To Social Worker
The How To Social Worker is an online resource aimed at providing useful resources to individuals struggling with mental health.
Started by Ben, a social worker and addictions counselor, The How To Social Worker has free resources such as anxiety journal workbooks, blogs, a Facebook group, and more.
ARMStaffing – 30 Days of Gratitude
During the month of May, we will be encouraging our internal team and nurses to take part in our 30 Days of Gratitude. We’ll ask that each day you submit something that you are grateful for. At the end of each week, we will feature some of these things anonymously on our website and social media.
Gratitude pushes us to recognize the good in ourselves and our day. Starting off each morning or ending each night on a positive note can directly impact your day, week, and eventually month.