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It's Okay to not be Okay!

Let’s talk about Mental Health! It’s October now so that means the first full week of Mental Health Awareness. During this week it’s important to take some time to rest and reflect. It’s okay to not be ok. Let’s dive into how acts of self-care can be the most helpful routine to get into while focusing on your mental health. Make self-care your top priority. There is only ONE you.

Talk About Your Feelings

Sometimes we seem to question ourselves and ask “ Is what I’m feeling right or wrong?” The answer to that is simple. There isn’t anything wrong with feeling what you're feeling. We all are human. We all have emotions. We all have feelings. You are not alone. There is a strong possibility when you open up about what you’re going through that the other person is going through something as well. It is ok to speak your truth. You are seen, you are heard and your feelings are valid. I do believe that people truly start to heal when they begin to open up and let others in. You cannot do all the work yourself. When we choose to discuss our feelings they become less upsetting and less scary. Vulnerability is scary. Let's normalize being vulnerable. #letsbevulnerable

Keep Active

The fall weather is finally here! It can be so refreshing to go for a walk or a run and become immersed in the changes happening outside. The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting a little chillier and pumpkins are everywhere! Whether you prefer to be in the sunlight or the moonlight, spending time outside has been proven to relieve stress, diminish negative thoughts and overall just help our mental health. #letsgetactive

Take A Break

You deserve some time for yourself! Relax, unwind, take some time to allow yourself to just BE PRESENT. Relaxation comes in many forms and this is different for everyone. Make it a point to read a few pages of your favorite book, cook a recipe you’ve been putting off, spend some time with a loved one, or even just breathe. When we are tasked with so many responsibilities throughout the day it is easy to forget to take time for ourselves. Taking a break can be grounding and a way for you to recharge your batteries if you’re focused on too many things at once. #letstakebreaks

Be Compassionate With Yourself

Accept yourself for who you are! You should treat yourself like you treat a close friend during hard times. Sometimes we offer more sympathy to others than we do to ourselves. It is important to remember that your mistakes do not define you. Acknowledge mistakes and grow from them. By being kind to yourself, you can allow more positive thoughts and energy into your life. #letsbecompassionate

Make your mental health a priority.

Ask yourself this: What are you doing TODAY to prioritize your mental health?

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

- John Green

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