Take Time For You. Mental Wellness Matters. UnityPlace | Peoria, IL

Take Time For You: Mental Wellness Matters

There are 24 hours in a day. Twenty-four hours to tackle life's responsibilities and find time for self-care. To be your best self, wellness is important. Take a moment to list the wellness areas important to you. Your list may include physical wellness, occupational, relational, spiritual wellness, and more. What about mental wellness, did it make your list?

Essential to healthy living, mental wellness means having a positive sense of well-being. And like physical wellness, mental wellness affects our mood, interactions, and how we cope with daily events.


Be Open to Prioritizing Self Care

Mental wellness is an intentional way of living that includes routines and practices that promote health. Regular exercise, a nutritious diet, positive social interactions, and self-reflection are important to health. Mental wellness is not a "one size fits all" approach to living. Everyone's interests and needs are different.

Developing and maintaining mental wellness takes time, energy, and focus. If you try meditation and it doesn't seem like a fit for you, try a 10-minute walk instead. Having a hard time with journaling? Try sharing something positive from your day with your family at dinner. Simply incorporating a few simple daily self-care activities such as these can make a difference and have a positive impact on personal wellness.


Be Honest About Your Mental Wellness Needs

Despite best intentions and effort to maintain balance, daily responsibilities can sometimes become overwhelming. Having supportive relationships to lean on, such as family or friends, is important. At other times, a listening ear or support from a trusted professional is beneficial. If you are struggling with stress and life balance, or you are experiencing a mental health concern such as anxiety or depression, it's important to reach out for help.

Symptoms of anxiety, depression and mental health conditions can include:

  • Physical changes such as nausea, upset stomach, body aches
  • Social changes or withdrawal from family or friends
  • Excessive worry or fear
  • Feeling sad, lonely, isolated
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Often feeling irritable or angry
  • Changes in sleeping habits such as trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Having thoughts of harm to self or others

Be Willing to Seek and Accept Help 

Call UnityPlace Access Center at 888-311-0321 for more information on counseling and other mental health services.

If you're experiencing a mental health crisis, call:

Peoria County     (309) 671-8084
Tazewell & Woodford Counties    (309) 347-1148

For life-threatening situations, call 911 immediately.