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For many people, mental health has become front and center this year. Whether you’re just starting your mental health journey or have been prioritizing it for a while, these resources can help guide you along the way.
Let’s start with the basics
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Just as you take care of your body with a yearly exam, or get your teeth cleaned by going to the dentist, you can check in with your mind and work on your mental fitness. Start by taking note of how you’re feeling and tracking changes.
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Be mindful of your mood and the activities, conversations, and relationships that you find most energizing. Try your best to prioritize anything that makes you feel grounded, even if it sometimes means saying no to other commitments.
Make small, positive changes
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Are there adjustments you can make each day to improve your mental health? Does taking a walk in the morning or setting a timer for a break from screens help your mood? Find what works best for you.
How do you cope with feeling down?
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Do the ways you deal with discomfort and stress serve you? If not, that’s okay! There are always new methods you can try. Consider meditation — whether it’s mindfulness, focused, or movement, it may have a positive impact on your mental health.
When things get tough, remember what you can control
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Even though some changes are out of your control, remember there are always many within reach. Try focusing on how you can make a positive impact each day.
Talk to a therapist
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Therapists are here to help you start, continue, or rediscover your mental health journey. They can guide the conversation or follow your lead. Therapy is a great way to work on your mental fitness and find support through challenges. Remember, it may take a few sessions to feel comfortable or find the right fit for you — and that’s okay!