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5 low key ways to take care of your mental health | Wes Woodson

Hey #YAEgang!

As someone who recently graduated college and has been navigating the ups and downs of early adulthood, I totally get it – managing your mental health can feel like trying to juggle flaming torches while riding a unicycle sometimes. But fear not! I've discovered some low-key, practical ways to help keep your mental health in check without adding extra stress to your already-packed schedule. So, grab your favorite weighted blanket and let's dive in!

  1. Prioritize Self-Care, Seriously: Self-care isn't just about bubble baths and face masks (although those are nice too). It's about making time for yourself amidst the chaos of life. Whether it's taking a short walk in nature, journaling your thoughts, or simply setting aside 10 minutes to meditate, find what works for you and make it a non-negotiable part of your routine.

  2. Limit Social Media Scroll Time: Ah, social media – the ultimate double-edged sword. While it can be a great way to stay connected, it's also a breeding ground for comparison and FOMO (fear of missing out). Try setting boundaries for yourself, like only checking your accounts for a set amount of time each day or unfollowing accounts that don't make you feel good about yourself. Trust me, your mental health will thank you.

  3. Get Moving, Even Just a Little: Exercise doesn't have to mean sweating it out at the gym for hours on end (unless that's your thing, of course). Even something as simple as going for a leisurely bike ride, dancing around your room to your favorite playlist, or doing a quick yoga flow can do wonders for your mood. Plus, those endorphins? They're the real deal.

  4. Reach Out and Connect: We're all in this crazy journey called life together, so don't be afraid to lean on your support system when you need it. Whether it's chatting with a friend over coffee, scheduling a virtual hangout with your family, or seeking out a therapist or counselor, talking about what's on your mind can help lighten the load.

  5. Practice Gratitude Daily: It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but taking a moment to pause and reflect on the things you're grateful for can work wonders for your mental health. Start a gratitude journal and write down three things you're thankful for each day, whether it's a delicious cup of coffee, a funny text from a friend, or simply the fact that you made it through another day.

Remember, managing your mental health is an ongoing journey, not a destination. Be patient with yourself, celebrate the small victories, and know that it's okay to ask for help when you need it. You've got this!

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