Adventist Health Portland | Living Well | Spring 2024

10 LIVING WELL Mental health You know that protecting your physical health is important. But how about your mental health? Isn’t that important too? Absolutely. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by stress and other challenges, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You can start with your primary care provider, who can connect you to a mental health professional or counselor. Many people benefit from counseling. In the meantime, you can take simple steps in your everyday life to manage stress and perhaps find a little more happiness. Here are some strategies to try. Lean into your social circle. Social connections can act as a buffer against stress and make life more enjoyable. If something’s bothering you, try talking with a trusted friend. You can also make social connections by joining a club or volunteering. Make time for what you love to do. That could be anything from listening to music or playing with your kids to investing in a hobby or going out with friends and family. Get plenty of rest. Sufficient sleep may help relieve stress and lower your risk for anxiety and depression. Most adults need from seven to nine hours of nightly shut-eye. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Mental Health America Maximize your sleep Sleep is needed and natural. But sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep or stay in dreamland. Our sleep team has free tips for sound slumber in our Getting to Sleep Guide. Visit or scan the QR code. SCAN ME Minding Your Mind’s Health