So this week, I decided to take a break from my Fall and Halloween-themed posts to talk about mental health and share some mental health self care ideas to use next time you feel down. Every year, here in the United States, they dedicate a single week to educating people on these issues through Mental Health Awareness Week. If you’ve read any of my previous open letters or mental health blog posts, then you know how touchy this topic is and why it’s close to my heart.
Why Is Mental Health Awareness Important?
There are so many reasons why talking about mental health is essential. The biggest one is that it helps educate the general population and children to recognize when they need help. Every year, so many people resort to suicide, violence, or drugs due to their lack of education and understanding of various mental health illnesses.
So, without further ado, here are 30 self care ideas for taking care of your mental health.
Mental Health Self Care Ideas
- Read A Feel-Good Book
- Play Board Games
- Play Video Games
- Watch Happy or Comedy Movies
- Finish A Puzzle
- Host A Karaoke Night
- Get Creative
- Eat Healthily
- Take A Bubble Bath
- Jump Around
- Drink Water
- Take Deep Breathes
- Create A Vision Board
- Read Something Inspirational
- Seek Help
- Listen To Upbeat Music
- Contact Loved Ones
- Light A Candle
- Change The Scenery
- Find A Hobby
- Get Dressed Up
- Practice Mindfulness
- Make A Gratitude List
- You can see an example here
Why Is Taking Care Of Mental Health Important?
Your mental health encompasses many different aspects of your wellness dimensions. Our mental health encompasses our psychological, emotional, physical, and social well-being. This means our mental health affects how we feel, think, and behave. Our mental health also contributes to our decision-making process, coping with stress, and relating to others in our lives.
Being healthy mentally comes with many benefits, such as increasing productivity, happiness, and an increase in a positive mindset, and it positively influences your relationships. On the other hand, without taking care of your mental health, you risk suffering from illnesses such as Depression and Anxiety, lowered mood, decreased happiness, and suicide.
With everything that happened this last year, I know how difficult it must be to want to care for it, which is why I shared these self care tips in the first place. I hope this small list of mental health self care ideas can help you the next time you’re feeling down, depressed, or out of it.
Mental Health Resources
There are tons of free resources available to anyone who wishes to learn more about mental health or seek help. But, of course, if you’re ever unsure about supporting a loved one with depression and anxiety, you can always use the below resources.
If you’re looking for resources in other countries not listed above, please reference https://unitedgmh.org/mental-health-support, which has an extensive list of resources for people who have a mental illness, including those living in third-world countries.
- The National Suicide Hotline (USA): Call +1 (800)-273-8255
- Mind Info (UK):( Call 0 (300)-123-3393
- Samaritans: Call 116-123
- Crisis Text Line (USA): Text NAMI to 741-741
- Suicide Crisis Helpline (South Africa): Call 0 (800)- 567-567
- 24hr Substance Abuse Helpline (South Africa): Call 0 (800)-121-314
- Mental Health Helplines (South Africa) Call 0 (800)- 456-789 or 0 (800)-212-223
What do you think of these mental health self care ideas? Are there any that stick out? Let me know in the comments.