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7 mini ways to take care of your mind on World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is just around the corner. On October 10, people worldwide will work to raise mental health awareness. Now's the time to be kinder to your own mind, so here are 7 small ways to get you started on this important day!

Keep a journal.

Journaling is not only a fun hobby, it's also a great way to process your feelings, reflect on what's happening in your life and even learn more about yourself. Whether you're more of a bullet journal gal, or the Notes app is your own personal diary, having an outlet for your thoughts and emotions is *so* important. Pick whatever time and method works best for you, and get writing!

Reach out to others.

Check up on the people you love. Mental health is a very personal topic for many, so it's key to connect in a way that someone feels comfortable with. Maybe your bestie wants you to ask how she's *really* doing, or she'd rather see a funny TikTok that made you think of her. Any little gesture makes a difference—plus, chatting with your fave people will brighten your day, too!

Get active.

As the wise Elle Woods once said, "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." Improving your physical well-being also boosts your mental well-being. From going for a walk to trying out a new workout class, there are so many different activities you can choose from.

Take breaks.

If you're struggling with your homework, plan to head back to the books later. If scrolling through social media is making you feel worse, step away from the screen for a little while. "Hustle culture" is hard to resist, but it can also lead to burnout—it's okay to take breaks when you need to! 

Spend time outdoors.

Soak up the sun! It's time to plan a beach day with your besties, or take an afternoon walk with your family. An outdoor outing is the *perfect* refresher.

Get involved.

Look for mental health awareness events in your own area, or read about mental health causes that are important to you. Finding a community is a great way to make a difference while also bettering your own mind.

Ask for help.

If you're struggling with your mental health and seeking a support system, don't be afraid to open up to someone you trust. It might sound cliche, but truly—you're not alone. Find GL-approved resources right HERE.

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by Samara Smukler | 10/10/2021
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