Look around (like, literally look around or scan your timeline or Twitter feed). You may have noticed that we’re making huge strides in destigmatizing mental illness, and that’s fantastic. The importance of treating your mental health as you would your physical health is a pretty well accepted principle. It’s becoming less taboo to talk openly about therapy and mental illness—there are almost as many celebrities talking about mental health as there are Keep Calm and Whatever decorations in literally any store you walk into. All signs point to the fact that we’re prioritizing self-care, and that’s awesome.
But when it comes to actually being mentally well, we’re a little murky on the follow-through. There’s no shortage of self-care strategies out there, but not everyone has the time and money to spend on a wellness retreat or horse therapy or crystals that may or may not chill you out.
And the biggest hindrance is Stigma: Let’s face it, while mental health has been in the conversation more lately, there is still a stigma around it. And while there are many professionals, celebrities, and others in the community trying to #breakthestigma; it still exists. There is a fear of being stigmatized as “crazy” if you seek out therapy, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
This time, I’ve culled some of the most impactful and least intimidating ways to take care of our mental health so that it becomes something we do—not just something we talk about.