Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition, as 1 in 5 U.S. adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. However, everyone is affected or impacted by mental illness through friends and family. Throughout the month of May, Ethos Clinic will provide a daily wellness tip. Be sure to start off your day with a healthier mind, body and soul by following our Facebook page.

Our goal is to raise awareness, promote acceptance, demonstrate compassion, offer support and help with recovery through many different mental health journeys with many different people. Together, we fight stigma for a more holistic approach to becoming our best selves.


Daily Wellness Tips

Wellness Tip #1

Surround Yourself with Good People

People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group.

Wellness Tip #2

Give Gratitude to Yourself & Others

Track gratitude and achievement with a simple Facebook post – include 3 things you are grateful for and 3 things you were able to accomplish each day.

Wellness Tip #3

Quiet Your Mind

Try meditating, Mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.

Wellness Tip #4

Break Up the Monotony

Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.

Wellness Tip #5

Replace Negative Thoughts with Productive Thoughts

Identify and replace overly negative thoughts with thoughts that are more productive. Productive thoughts don’t need to be extremely positive, but should be realistic. A more balanced thought may be, “I have some weaknesses, but I also have plenty of strengths.” Changing your thoughts requires constant monitoring, but the process can be instrumental in helping you become your best self.

Wellness Tip #6

Take Time to Laugh

Laughter increases connection with others. Hang out with a funny friend, watch a comedy or check out cute videos online. Laughter helps reduce anxiety.

Wellness Tip #7

Take a Deep Breath

5 minutes of deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries and anxieties in your head and quiets your mind.

Wellness Tip #8

Get More Sleep

Obviously, there are mountains of research out there to support that people who get more sleep are happier overall. Start creating a sleep schedule and practice a relaxing bedtime ritual. Have some tea and power down your devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Wellness Tip #9

Practice Mindfulness

Go on a walk or sit quietly and focus on your natural breathing or on a word or “mantra” that you repeat silently. Allow thoughts to come and go without judgment and return to your focus on breath or mantra. When finished, experience yourself standing still—as you feel the earth beneath your feet. Take a few deep breaths and slowly return to your regular activity.

Wellness Tip #10

Eat Immune & Mood Boosting Foods

Eat a salad for lunch or dinner. Try some whole grains or snack on raw vegetables. A diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, lean meats, grains and limited fats can boost your mood and immune system.

Wellness Tip #11

Make a change in your local community by being an advocate for mental health awareness. Walk for mental health, starting at the Bethlehem Rose Gardens.

May 12 | 10 am – 2 pm | Bethlehem, PA

Wellness Tip #12

Go for a Walk

Take 30 minutes to go for a walk in nature – it could be a stroll through a park, or a hike in the woods. Research shows that being in nature can increase energy levels, reduce depression and boost well-being.

Wellness Tip #13

Go Ahead and Yawn

A good group yawn could serve to perk everyone up. Looking at yawns, hearing yawns, thinking about yawns or talking about yawns will likely trigger a contagious response. Contagious yawning may have evolved in early humans to boost social bonding, according to research.

Wellness Tip #14

Manage Stress & Anxiety

Feeling anxious? Take a deep breath and relax with coloring for about 20 minutes to help you clear your mind. Pick a design that’s geometric and a little complicated for the best effect. We’re fans of Mandalas!

Wellness Tip #15

Talk to Others About Mental Health

You never know who you may be helping by opening up about your own experience.

The only way our culture is going to be eradicated from the stigma of mental illness is if the conversation continues. You can be part of that change.

Wellness Tip #16

Learn to Say No

It may be just two tiny letters, but this is your gentle reminder that “no” is a complete sentence. Burnout happens easily — in the office and outside of it. Make sure to spend some time alone and prioritize your well-being. If you don’t want to go to a party, don’t do it. If you feel overwhelmed by your workload, speak up. Self care is not selfish.

Wellness Tip #17

Build Your Resilience

Resilience is what allows you to cope with life’s ups and downs. Making something worthwhile out of painful times helps your resilience grow.

Starting a support group to help others, or making something creative out of bad experiences by, for example, writing, painting or singing, can help you express pain and get through hard times.

Wellness Tip #18

Use Humor and Enjoy Yourself


“The love of truth lies at the root of much humor.”―Robertson Davies

Try to see the funny side of situations and you’ll often be able to cope or accept better. Jokes have a way of making worries seem less important but add relevancy to real struggles.

Wellness Tip #19

Express Kindness Toward Someone Else

Want to feel good yourself? Make someone else feel good. Studies show that kindness can be cyclical. When you do a good deed for others, that makes them happier, which in turns make you happier, too. Even the smallest gesture can make a difference. Pay it forward every so often and reap the benefits.

Wellness Tip #20

Educate Yourself

About mental health and about the world around you, that is. Mental health conditions are much easier to manage when you know what’s really happening inside the mind. For example, did you know that some disorders may be genetic? Did you know that many conditions have physical symptoms? Learn as much as you can about what you’re dealing with or what your loved ones are experiencing.

Wellness Tip #21

Practice Forgiveness

Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

Wellness Tip #22

Avoid Alcohol and Other Drugs

Keep alcohol use to a minimum and avoid other drugs. Sometimes people use alcohol and other drugs to “self-medicate” but in reality, alcohol and other drugs only aggravate problems.

Wellness Tip #23

Take Care of Your Spirit

Spirituality can mean something different for everyone. Connect to what you find meaningful. Whether it is in a higher power, other people, in nature or kindness, spirituality offers many possible benefits including better mood and less anxiety.