October 10th was annual World Mental Health Day, officially decreed by the World Health Organization. The day was created “with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. [It] provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide” (World Health Organization, 2018).
It’s no secret that we value and encourage mental health and all the ways to maintain it here at I AM & CO. Just like any other body part, the mind and spirit have to be nourished, exercised, and cared for if we want to lead abundant, fruitful lives.
For many, however, mental health takes a back burner to the bustling necessities of everyday life including work, school, children, relationships, even pursuing our dreams. If this is the case for you, then I implore you to stop, take a breath, and find a moment, as small as it may be to check-in with yourself. The road to mental wellness is a long, never-ending one. It requires us to stay active.
Unfortunately, mental health physicals for work or school aren’t always a requirement-we have to choose to take care of ourselves. World Mental Health Day is essential to bringing attention to these topics. And while raising awareness may be the first step, it’s on you to make the next one.
My own mental health journey and self-care practice is something I continue to discover as I get older; it’s constantly evolving. I have to make conscious efforts to stay on top of my emotions, unpack my reactions to a situation, and truly ask myself what it is that I need in any given moment.
One thing that has always helped me to stay grounded is reading affirmations or positive messages, many of which I read on different celebrities’ pages. In honor of World Mental Health Day and everyone on their own journey to wellness, I have collected a list of some of the best tweets and posts pertaining to mental health to come out of the week!
Sloane Stephens (U.S. Open Winning Tennis Player)
It’s ok to not be ok. #WorldMentalHealthDay— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) October 10, 2018
Aisha Tyler (Host, Actress, Comedian)
I’m posting super late for #worldmentalhealthday, but I really wanted to say to everyone out there that caring for your mental health is the single most important thing you can do for… https://t.co/fqSOgN9NYB— Aisha Tyler (@aishatyler) October 11, 2018
Normani Kordei (Singer)
Ally Brooke (Singer)
#WorldMentalHealthDay it is so important to know that you’re not alone. Please know that there is help out there. And please be kind. It really can make all the difference. I pray that everyone out there feels loved and safe for who they are. I love you 💕— Ally Brooke (@AllyBrooke) October 11, 2018
Kylie Bearse (Host, Meteorologist)
Identifying and getting help for my anxiety is the best thing I’ve ever done. Each day is a work in progress, but thanks to a fantastic therapist & lots of work, I feel like I have control over my happiness. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness ❤️ #WorldMentalHealthDay— Kylie Bearse (@KylieBearseWX) October 11, 2018
Victoria Justice (Actress, Singer)
You never know who is struggling. Someone’s life may look perfect on the outside but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect on the inside. Have compassion for everyone you meet. #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/a9jEigbrYD— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) October 11, 2018
Cara Delevingne (Model, Actress)
world mentalhealth day.. issok to say no. no i don’t want to hang out 2day. no i don’t want to talk right now. but make sure the yes’s go where they supposed 2... yes i will be honest with myself about what i need. yes i will be kind to myself even when it’s hard. yes i will try.— Kehlani (@Kehlani) October 11, 2018
For more inspirational messages or to connect with a community of mental health-minded individuals, the hashtag #WorldMentalHealthDay is still circulating around Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and a plethora of other social media platforms. Be sure to give it a glance the next time you’re scrolling through your feed in order to read a quick pick-me-up or share an inspiring story that someone else may need to hear!