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Mental Health: Self Care

Want to work towards mental wellness but don't know where to start?

There are many factors that impact one's mental health either positively or negatively.

  • Biological factors (physical health, genetics, diet, sleep, age)
  • Psychological factors (beliefs, mental health diagnoses, perception, addictions)
  • Social factors (relationships, family, culture, work, money, housing)

Likewise, mental health can affect those factors as well. 

Self-Care is the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

Self-Care may look different for everyone. But it is proven to help improve mood and enhance concentration. By building good habits and making time to do things you enjoy, you can help support your mental well-being.

Here are some tips to get you started on Self-Care!

General Self-Care Tips:

  • Prioritizing one's physical and mental health

  • Adopting healthy lifestyle habits that can be maintained long-term

  • Eating a healthy diet

  • Finding exercise activities that you enjoy and participating in them regularly

  • Getting an adequate amount of good-quality sleep

  • Taking time out for yourself to participate in healthy activities you enjoy

Below are some unhealthy coping mechanisms to avoid and suggested alternatives. Some may be easier said than done but every step counts!

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