Simple Self-Care Tips for World Mental Health Day

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Today is World Mental Health Day and as someone who has struggled with anxiety over the years, I thought it might be helpful to share a few simple self-care tips that have personally helped me get through some bad days:

  • Take a warm bath or a hot shower

  • Go for a long walk

  • Get out of the house

  • Take a break from caffeine and alcohol

  • Cook a comfort meal

  • Start a gratitude journal

  • Work on a puzzle

  • Practice deep breathing

  • Read a book

  • Dance and sing a song out loud

  • Phone a friend

I recognize that mental health is deeply personal and there is no one size fits all solution that will support each individual. I hope that these ideas will help you manage the day to day anxiety you may have. Just know that if you need to seek out medical help through therapy or prescription medications, you are not alone. I’ve had to navigate postpartum panic attacks and give myself a little grace as my hormones have struggled to find their new normal. I want to encourage you to reach within to figure out what works best for you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust for love and support! This world is a difficult one to navigate but we are stronger together. We can do hard things!

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If you or someone you know needs help, you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.