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World Mental Health Day: Here Are 10 Ways To Take Care Of You Mental Health

Have you ever wondered why there is so much stigma attached to mental health issues? If you’re suffering from a mental health illness, there’s no need to be ashamed. Get the help you need. Mental health covers your psychological well-being. It’s about the way you feel about yourself and others, as well as how you manage your emotions and deal with everyday difficulties. You can take steps to improve your mental health on your own (in addition to seeing a professional). It’s World Mental Health Day, and we’re sharing some tips to help you take care of your mental health and practice the act of self-care. Check them out!

1. Say kind words to yourself

A lot of times, we tend to think negative words towards ourselves and beat ourselves up for little things. Commit to thinking positive thoughts, and being kind to yourself.

2. Practice gratitude

Get a notebook and write down the things that you’re grateful for every single day. On the days you feel sad, you can go back, read what you’ve written and cheer yourself up.

3. Talk to someone

Being vulnerable and talking about your feelings with someone you trust can be incredibly cathartic. Lift the load off your chest, share with someone.

4. Set goals, but don’t take failure personally

Don’t tie your self-worth to your ability to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself. Don’t fall prey to the feelings of failure and worthlessness that come with falling short of reaching your goals.

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5. Exercise

When you exercise, the body releases Dopamine that helps to combat feelings of anxiety or depression. Exercise at least once every week. That way, your body and mind stay

6. Eat well

Make sure you’re supplying your body the right nutrients that it needs to stay fit and healthy.

7. Do a digital detox

Social media is great, but when it starts to stress you and make you feel bad, it might be time for you to take a break. Always remember that people only share the best parts of their life on social media, so don’t feel like you’re worthless or not achieving anything because of other people’s social media posts.

8. Practice mindfulness

Always remember to try to live in the moment. Don’t spend all your time worrying or agonising about the future. Be fully present.

9. Drink water

It might sound cliche, but water is great for your physical and mental health. Make sure you’re drinking enough.

10. Make time for yourself

Protect your alone time. Make some time to be alone and do the things you genuinely enjoy, or just rest.

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