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20 May 2021

Mental Health Awareness

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? For many, the pandemic shed light on issues that weren’t apparent prior. We all had to adjust our way of living to adhere to the new “normal.” Many of us have felt Zoom fatigue or are dealing with being separated from our loved ones.

A recent survey from workplace chat app Blind titled “The State of Burnout in 2020”  revealed that 68% of technology workers felt more burned out than when they worked in an office. The study indicated that burnout is only increasing due to the pandemic; many feel as though they are not living at home but rather living at work. 

With no clear separation between work and home lives, we must practice self-care and awareness to avoid burnout.

Below are helpful resources if you find yourself in need of additional support.

Need to talk to someone? 

These sites are available 24/7. If you or a loved one have been having negative thoughts lately or contemplating suicide, remember there are people who care about you. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741 for free (U.S.). 

You may also use the websites listed below anytime you need someone to talk to. 

Practice Self-Compassion 

Self-compassion is a part of practicing mindfulness. Remember that you are human and accept yourself for who you are in this present moment. Check out the links below to go through different self-compassion exercises. 

Practice Self-Care

Want to practice self-care but not sure how? Use the resources below for exercises and tips.  These explain why it’s important to practice self-care and how you can incorporate it into your daily life.

While this month is Mental Health Awareness Month, it’s important to check in with yourself daily. These are only a few resources available to everyone, but your state may have far more. 

What are some ways that you’re practicing mindfulness and self-care this month?