Take care of your mental health!

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Taking care of your mental health is an important part of taking care of your overall health! This can range from small things to reduce stress and practice self-care to seeing a therapist or psychologist. If you are having mental health issues, remember that there are people who can help you! Talk to a trusted adult or doctor about your options for help. And remember, while it is great to have a trusted adult to talk to, teens in California can get some mental health services confidentially, without a parent or guardian.  When it comes to taking care of your mental health, here are some ideas to protect yourself and brighten your days.

  • Get some exercise in. Exercise is also known to increase serotonin levels. Go for a walk, jog, bike ride, or other outdoor activity in the  sun  to get the increased serotonin levels and benefits of being outside in the sun!
  • Unplug. Take  some time away from the news and tiktok and head outdoors if you  can. If not, try picking up a new book, or play a board game! Enjoy some time with friends or family or even by yourself.
  • Keep a healthy sleep schedule. Make sure you’re sleeping at least 8 hours, and that you’re sleeping at the appropriate time. Even if you’re a night owl, waking up with the sun can help you stay motivated.
  • Stick to your boundaries. It is ok to say no to things that do not make you feel better. Sometimes there are gatherings that could make you feel worse and not better and you don’t have to hang out with someone if you would rather not. Remember it is ok to say no! 
  • Nurture your relationships. Building connections with your friends, family, and community can help support your mental health by helping you feel more connected. It’s also important for your mental health to focus on your relationship with yourself! Not sure where to start? Check out some of our tips for starting conversations and building relationships with your friends and family
  • Reach out for help. Although mental health issues are common and often temporary, depression is a slippery slope. If these methods offer no relief, consider talking to a loved one about what you’re feeling. Also consider resources like therapy to discuss with a professional your next steps.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

 

Taking care of your mental health is an important way to own your health!

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