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Self-Care in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

Self-Care in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness month, an opportunity to address the stigma around mental illness. The term “mental health” is a bit silly because every human has “mental health.” But semantics aside, the term is typically used to refer to a person’s wellbeing. 

For us, ending the stigma is incredibly important. Leah’s background is disability rights and has spent her life professionally and personally connected to people all along the spectrum of mental illness.

The point is: this is a safe space. We get it. We are advocates. We fully support the pursuit of all (humane) approaches to mental wellness. Medication, therapies, alternative approaches...whatever works for you, go for it. 

But we are not going to use this space to discuss supports and services for mental health. There are TONS of resources from licensed professionals. Instead, we want to highlight the important intersection of mental health and self-care. 

From stress management to mood-boosting alone time, a self-care routine can have significant benefits for your mental health. Here is a quick list of 25 things to try to help improve your mental health:

  1. Go for a walk
  2. Text with an old friend
  3. Draw or craft
  4. Cook a new recipe
  5. Listen to music on your couch
  6. Snuggle a pet
  7. Learn something new with a TedTalk
  8. Do some stretching
  9. Tumble a blanket in the dryer and then wrap yourself up
  10. Make a gratitude list
  11. Do a face mask
  12. Weed a garden
  13. Visit a museum
  14. Clean your closet
  15. Make a sugar lip scrub
  16. Unfollow/unsubscribe on social media
  17. Get a book from the library
  18. Practice 5-minutes of slow breathing
  19. Plan a special trip
  20. Write 5-star reviews of small businesses you love
  21. Put fresh sheets on your bed
  22. Go for a drive
  23. Help a friend
  24. Organize your junk drawer
  25. Make a smoothie

Yes, mental illness requires professional support, services, and treatments. But remember that self-care can be an important part of a complete mental health approach. Just as you take care of your physical body, your mental health is a priority. 

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