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If you’re looking for ways to work on your mental health without therapy, here is a big list of ideas for helping your mental health that you can start working on TODAY!
Stay turned to the end where I am sharing how I put together my new “Happy Wall” and why I think you NEED one in your home!
How to Help Your Mental Health without Therapy
Hoenstly, there are an amazing amount of resources when it comes to supporting and ideas for helping your mental health without therapy, BUT I am still going to stick in here (quickly!) that I am a huge advocate for therapy.
Personally, I would not have been able to make all of the amazing life changes that I have since asking for a divorce and choosing my own happiness for a change without my phenomenal therapist. I am very lucky to have found her!
But that isn’t what this post is about. If you’d like to learn more about therapy, click here.
I’ll stick to the ideas for helping your mental health without therapy now, ha!
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Ideas for Helping Your Mental Health without Therapy
I am going to list out my many ideas in groups because, well, there are a LOT of things you can do without therapy when it comes to supporting your mental health.
Things like downloading mental health support apps, checking out guided journals, making a solid screaming + crying detox playlist for mid-day sanity drives, and MORE.
Let’s get to the mental health support ideas!
Best Apps for Mental Health:
- What’s Up?
- & more!
Click here for a full blog post all about the best apps for mental health.
Self Care Ideas for Supporting Mental Health:
- 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)
+ more! Click here to read the full post.
More Mental Health Blog Posts:
Beginners Guide to Journaling: The Benefits of Journaling
Mental Health Tips for New Moms I Wish I Knew as a New Twin Mom
Types of Self-Care and How to Practice Them
Awesome Mental Health Support Idea: DIY Happy Wall!
My therapist gave me the idea for creating a safe and happy space in my home after we realized I was rolling through a massive PTSD episode after moving back to the city I had left my abusive spouse in just a year prior.
Adjusting to the new home back in the same city with so much traumatic history has been a whirlwind. It has been so much harder than I could have imagined. My therapist helped me realize that the reason I am rapid cycling inside of a massive PTSD episode was because I didn’t feel safe.
My brain correlates the Portland Metro Area with abuse, and it is going to take a long time to change that.
So in the mean time, it’s all about doing things that make me feel safe, happy, and supported.
In comes the happy wall!
Now, she suggested getting pictures of the kids and my friends up on the walls as a way to start feeling more comfortable in my home, but I wanted to take it a step further by bringing it back to High School Lynneah and making a whole wall dedicated to pictures and things that made me feel warm.
How did I do it?
I grabbed some wall cork board + tacks & hung those up on the wall, after which I covered in my favorite motivational sayings and pictures of friends and family from my favorite days.
What came out of it was a wall that makes me feel warm and happy each and every time I walk by it.
I highly recommend building up a wall for yourself!
Other Helpful Mental Health Support Resources:
Online Mental Health Resources:
American Psychiatric Association
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
MyStrength (use code WesternCommunity)
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone – Lori Gottlieb
Permission to Feel – Marc Brackett
On Being Human – Jennifer Pastiloff
A Year of Positive Thinking – Cyndie Spiegel
All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
Unclutter Your Mind – S.J. Scott
The Self Confidence Workbook – Barbara Markway
My Therapist Told me to Journal – Holly Chrisholm
How to Be Happy – Lee Crutchley
Bipolar Workbook – Monica Ramirez Basco
The Activity Book for Anxious People – Jordan Reid
The Hardcore Self-Help Podcast
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