May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Know Your Mental!

By Patrice Rivers

Sadly, mental health hardly receives enough recognition, and even though May is Mental Health Awareness Month, it is still important to talk about the state of our mental wellness periodically. We will never always know what goes on in a person’s mind, but medical science shows the brain is always putting out thousands of thoughts per minute. So, the question is, how is your mental wellness? There are several ways to boost your mental health to minimize issues such as blow-ups or anxiety attacks.

Keeping your vibes positive! Positive vibes ONLY!

You all know this saying, but are you actually keeping positive as you go about your day-to-day activities? This can be hard at times, especially with the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic. At times we don’t feel like being too friendly or positive. If you have been laid off from your job or if your house is in foreclosure, that is something serious, but amid it all, keeping positive will help you keep sane as well. Who likes dealing with distractions and people who try to get under your skin? I know I don’t, because I am always trying to protect my inner peace and so should you! A lot of people have their favorite quotes they recite daily or read positive affirmations to start their day on the right foot. Do you have a favorite quote or affirmation in mind? How often do you recite it? Mine is actually a scripture that has been my favorite for a very long time, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me,” from Philippians 4:13.

Socialize with positive people!

Not everyone has your best interests at heart! How many friends can you count on? Some may have tons of friends where others may have one or two close ones. Whether it’s family members you can talk to or your mentor, everyone needs at least one good person they can socialize and talk out their thoughts and problems with. Keep your distance from people who don’t support you or care about your well-being; and you definitely want to stay away from people who will tell your personal business! Keep your circle filled with positive energy and positive people!

Get enough sleep!

Some people might ask, what is sleep? Most medical experts recommend we get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day! Does that really happen with everyone? Nope! If you are married with kids and are a stay-at-home mom, you may not get proper sleep because you are always busy preparing meals, helping the kids with their homework/project or dealing with your own business if you work from home. You may never get to sleep! However, that is where personal development and balance come in. Whether you work from home or at a physical location, it is still vitally important to get the proper amount of sleep. You might not be able to average 8 hours a night of sleep, but what about 6 hours per night? We all have to learn to balance our lifestyles so that we can prepare our mind and body mentally at the end of the day. Your brain needs a certain type of chemistry to keep it balanced so that you are full of energy when you wake up in the morning. 

Whatever your mental state is, make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure that you are living a healthy life emotionally, physically, mentally, verbally and yes, spiritually! Also, don’t forget to breathe! Inhale deep and exhale calmly! For more information about mental health coping skills, please visit or

Patrice Rivers is an author, journalist, writer, poet and owner of That Riverz Gurl Brand. You can visit her website at Follow her on IG @thatriverzgurlbrand

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