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As we near the end of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, we realize that it is more important than ever to raise awareness about this important topic, erase the stigma and connect people to needed resources. When life feels overwhelming, it’s essential to take care of yourself. If you’re looking for ways to relieve stress, try out these tips! 

Take a break

When we’re stressed, we often feel pressure to “put on a brave face” and drive on. However, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself (and others!) is take a step back. Research shows that taking breaks, whether at work or at home, can improve your mood, restore your energy and even increase productivity levels. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, pause and do something else – watch a cat video, go for a walk or catch up with a friend.

Learn something new

For years, we’ve been told that learning something new is a great way to keep your brain active and healthy. It’s also a great way to explore something you’ve always wanted to try, and maybe even discover some new passions. Whether it’s growing a garden, learning to play guitar or studying a different language, engage your brain today and try out a new skill!

Go for a walk

There are numerous benefits to physical activity, and it doesn’t need to be high intensity. If you can’t get outside for a walk around the block, take a few minutes and do some gentle stretching. This will help to clear your head for a few moments and give you a much-needed break. Block out time for a workout a few times a week, if you can. It doesn’t need to be very long, try starting with 30 minutes a day at least 3 times a week.

Call a friend

The past few months, we’ve come to know all the different ways we can connect with others while being physically distant. If you are unable to catch up with a friend or relative in person, give them a call!

Ask for help

You are never alone. It’s ok to ask for help. The Vets4Warriors peers remain standing by 24/7 to listen, understand and connect you with resources. No matter the issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out to a peer, who is prepared to stay connected with you until the issue is resolved. Reach us by calling 1-855-838-8255 or by visiting Vets4Warriors.com