Try to avoid burying your head in the sand, and tackle problems face on.. Stress is often unavoidable, but knowing what triggers your stress and knowing how to cope is key in maintaining good mental health. Try to manage your responsibilities and worries by making a list or a schedule of when you can resolve each issue. Often if you break down your worries and stresses and write them down, you realize that they are manageable. . If you find you are having trouble sleeping, or are waking up thinking about all of the things that are stressing you out, write them down and reassure yourself that you can deal with them in the morning.
Look around (like, literally look around or scan your timeline or Twitter feed). You may have noticed that we’re making huge strides in destigmatizing mental illness, and that’s fantastic. The importance of treating your mental health as you would your physical health is a pretty well accepted principle. It’s becoming less tab00 to talk openly about therapy and mental illness—there are almost as many celebrities talking about mental health as there are Keep Calm and Whatever decorations in literally any store you walk into. All signs point to the fact that we’re prioritizing self care, and that’s awesome.
But when it comes to actually being mentally well, we’re a little murky on the follow-through. There’s no shortage of self-care strategies out there, but not everyone has the time and money to spend on a wellness retreat or horse therapy or crystals that may or may not chill you out.
This year, on World Mental Health Day, we’ve culled some of the most impactful and least intimidating ways to take care of your mental health so that it becomes something we do—not just something we talk about.
You know when you need one, and you know you’ll be more productive (and just generally easier to be around) if you take one. So why do we all feel so selfish when we do it? Try to think of it as preventive m*dicine—by taking a day to relax and recharge now, you’re giving your body (and immune system) some time to catch up, which could help prevent an actual sick day in your future…….Continue Reading