Put Your Mental Health First

By Sherrie Pratt, Media & Communications Specialist

With Mother’s Day approaching, one of the best gifts is not expensive. It’s the gift of rest. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Women’s Health Month, a perfect time for women to recharge their batteries.

Women naturally are givers, and moms typically put everyone else before themselves. But when taking on so much, maintaining healthcare can be last on the list of to-dos. But to be your best, you must feel your best.

Millions of people live with a mental illness, whether dealing with anxiety, ADHD, depression, PTSD, an eating disorder, psychosis, etc. If untreated, conditions will get worse over time.

Treatment varies from patient to patient when it comes to improving mental health. For example, a supportive health provider can help patients establish treatment plans, such as therapy, teaching relaxation skills, or prescribing medications or holistic approaches.

Along with checking the box for establishing good mental health, moms also need to make time for routine check-ups. Women’s Health Month aims to empower women to prioritize their health. Screening for different cancers is a proactive measure to stay on top of one’s health. An early diagnosis is lifesaving. Sticking to a healthy diet, getting plenty of rest, and staying hydrated is key.

Central Florida Health Care’s Winter Haven Integrated Behavioral Health Center can help patients receive behavioral health services and medical services under one roof, making it convenient for moms to take care of themselves while juggling busy schedules.

Encouraging moms to prioritize self-care and rest can also have long-term mental and physical health benefits. Taking care of oneself can help reduce stress, improve mood, and increase energy levels. This can be especially important for new moms experiencing sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and the demands of caring for a newborn.

Self-care activities can include:

  • Taking a relaxing bath.
  • Practicing mindfulness or meditation.
  • Exercising regularly.
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Pursuing hobbies or interests.

In addition to self-care, getting enough rest is crucial for overall health and well-being. This can be challenging for new moms adjusting to their baby’s sleep schedule or dealing with sleep disturbances. However, prioritizing rest whenever possible can help improve mood, cognitive function, and physical health.

Encouraging moms to prioritize self-care and rest can also model healthy behaviors for their children, promoting self-care and stress management as a lifelong practice.