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Buckle up besties, we’re getting our summer glow up and we're starting with mental health techniques!
That’s right, this year we’re channeling our inner mind and getting in check with our mental stability. Whether you’ve been struggling with your mental health for years or have recently been having a hard time, this article is here to show that you are not alone. We’re on this journey together and we can’t wait to see how you glow.
Here are a few mental health techniques that can help you on your journey of getting that summer glow-up:
Ask for help
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As someone who struggles with mental health, one of the hardest things to do was to ask for help. Part of the reason why many of us find it difficult to seek help is because we don’t want to accept the fact that we have mental health problems.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness,1 in 5 adults have experienced mental illness and 1 in 20 adults have experienced a serious mental illness. You are not alone; it may feel like it but there are many health experts that are willing to help and listen.
Talk to friends and family
Talking about and accepting your mental health goes a long way in getting better. It can be hard, but once you’re able to get comfortable with talking about it, you’ll find a support system that is more than willing to be there for you.
The CDC has provided a link of resources for those who don’t have support at home. The Zebra Coalition also offers resources for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Get off the grid
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Taking mental health breaks has become a go-to of mine as I find it to be very therapeutic. Use the time to get off social media and go for a walk instead. Go outside and enjoy nature — get some of that vitamin happiness with the sun, bestie.
Journal and meditate
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Vent out your thoughts and feelings by journaling. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, write out how exactly you’re feeling. If you’re not able to write, meditate. Take a couple of seconds to practice breathing techniques by slowly breathing in and out.
Headspace is a great resource for meditation videos and sounds, as is Spotify and YouTube!
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Last on the list is by far one of the most important, practicing self-love. Whether self-love involves taking a vacation or treating yourself to a fancy gift, if you’re able to feel good about yourself then that’s all that matters.
Remember besties, you are valid, you are important, and you matter. It may take a while for you to feel “better” but the important thing to keep in mind is that you are trying your best.
Health and Wellness has provided a list of suicide and mental health hotlines if you’re struggling mentally. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone else needs help.