Issa fact: the ways of the world are heavy and will knock you down if you’re not grounded in a routine that reminds you to take care of yourself.
While therapy is an option that is always highly recommended by us, we know that it’s not always an option for everyone. Check out some of the options we’ve listed to take care of your mental health.
Get In Touch With Nature More Often
We’re not asking you to be on your deer boy ‘ish, but you should definitely unplug and indulge in a literal walk in the park once in a while. A recent study found evidence that engagement with nature can have positive effects on a person’s overall well-being and foster more positive interactions with other human beings. So it’s up to you—you can hang out in the park by yourself or go on a picnic with shorty.
Slow Down on the Substances
You’re not in college anymore, fam. We know it’s super tempting to have a couple too many after a stressful day at work, but alcohol is a known depressant and can actually make your mental health significantly worse. It’s chill to have a double Jameson on the rocks on a Friday night with your boys, but on a normal Tuesday night? Pour yourself a cup of tea and chill out.
Pick Up Meditation
Sometimes we’re so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we literally forget to check in with ourselves to see how we’re feeling mentally and physically. Find 15-30 minutes in your day for peace and quiet via a meditation routine. Apps like Headspace and Insight Timer can help you if you prefer a guided meditation.
Invest in Your Appearance
You know what they say—look good, feel good. Chances are if you’re anxious, depressed, or just not feeling right, you haven’t been too worried about how you look. But investing in your appearance can be as simple as putting on your favorite outfit or as grand as investing in some new grooming products. Get fresh all by yourself; you deserve it.
While all of the above are great, sometimes it’s just not enough. Here are a list of numbers you can call when you’re not feeling too great.
Stay up, fam. We need you here.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
National Sexual Assault Hotline – 1-800-656-4673 or Online Chat
The Trevor Project Hotline (for LGBTQ+ Youth Considering Suicide) – 1-866-488-7386 or Trevor Chat