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Self Care Ideas for Mental Health
Isn’t it weird that suddenly it seems as though everyone across the globe is struggling with their mental health? I mean, it’s nothing new for me. Ya’ll know I’m pretty open with regard to my struggle with bipolar depression.
But now that everyone is struggling in some regard, I can’t help but feel more connected with people. The only thing different from normal mental health struggles is that at this point, we’re all facing the same thing. A future filled with uncertainty. Will our jobs last through this? Are we financially capable of getting to the other side? What about simply living right now? There are so many unknowns.
And what comes with it is an assortment of reactions. All of which we are trying our best to handle while stuck at home, where things typically get worse. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression on a normal day, I can tell you with absolute certainty that staying cooped up at home is NOT something that helps when you’re in the dark place.
But you know what does help? A simple assortment of creative ideas for self care for mental health.
I know you’re struggling. Holding on is tough. But you CAN get through this. There will be another side and most importantly, you are not alone in this.
Here are a few top ideas for self care for mental health you can do every single day.
- Show compassion for yourself (give yourself grace, you are doing the best you can)
- Create a POSITIVE routine (what would you LOVE to include in your routine that you keep saying you’re “too busy” for? How is your routine serving you without it?)
- Remember- rest (it’s amazing what some solid sleep or a nap can do for you)
- Schedule time with friends (hello Facetime)
- Get outside (a quick walk does the soul good)
- Find your creative side (color, paint, write, sing, dance, there are so many ways to get creative!)
- Give yourself a social media detox (unfollow accounts that make you feel shitty, aren’t helpful, or put others down)
- Braindump (open up a notebook and just dump it all out. It doesn’t have to make sense, you’re not writing a book. Just get out what is clogging up your mind)
Aside from these few tips, here are three of m favorite apps when it comes to mental health:
As well as the website MyStrength.com. My therapist got me into it and I’ve been hooked since. It is such an amazing mental health resource! You’ll need an access code, for that use WesternCommunity. It is a totally free site that provides a great selection of resources to help you through your struggles.
How are you feeling after reading through these self care for mental health ideas? I hope a bit better and that they are able to help you get through this current world pandemic, or whatever it is that led you here.
Remember, this might be tough, but so are you. That will forever be a favorite saying of mine.