Take Care: Reminders from Gannon's Counseling Center
Morosky Fountain at Gannon University
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the staff at Gannon's Counseling Center wants to remind you to care for your mental health this summer. This past year has been stressful in so many ways, and we know it’s taken a toll on you. We encourage you to devote some extra time this summer to your mental health.
Here are 50 things you can do for your mental health this summer from @realdepressionproject. Some of these ideas are direct and challenging and some are more comforting. We hope that this large variety will enable you to find an idea that works for you:
Take a breakStop shaming yourself for your struggle – it is OK not to be OKWrite down 5 things you’re grateful forTell a loved one how much they mean to youTalk about your feelingsRead a self-help bookEat a nutritious mealAccept your flawsDo a yoga classAsk for help if you need itJournal out your feelingsWrite down five reasons you love your bodyWatch a self-help video on YouTubeDo something that brings you pleasureGive yourself a hugWrite down five tough times you’ve made it through – remind yourself of your resilienceMove your bodyJournal prompt: “What are some things in my life that no longer serve me?”Practice mindfulnessSchedule that first therapy appointmentWrite down five positive affirmations for yourselfDon’t drink alcoholGet out in natureJournal prompt: “If it was my loved one in this situation, what would I say to them?” Give yourself the same compassionWrite down five ways your partner and you could have more “togetherness”Buy or pick yourself a bouquet of flowersLearn a new skillWrite down five things you did this week that you’re proud of yourself forUnsubscribe to email marketing you don’t want to keep up withPut your phone on airplane mode for a few hoursWrite yourself a love letterTake a bubble bathPractice deep breathing and bring all your awareness to this for five minutesRead a book that brings comfortCreate a playlist of your favorite songsCreate a vision boardJournal prompt: “What is holding me back from loving myself?”Buy or cook yourself your favorite mealTake a long showerSpend some quality time with your loved onesWrite down five ways you can add more joy to your life – do the first oneForgive yourself for a past mistake – you are humanCall a friend you’ve lost contact withJournal prompt: “What guidance would my role model give me during this touch period?”Clean out your email inboxTurn off notifications for an eveningWrite down five kind things you’ve done for othersWatch a motivational speech on YouTube or Ted TalksIf you believe you may have a mental illness, see a doctor or therapistJournal prompt: “What are some unresolved issues in my past that I need to start exploring?
Jodi, Christine, Aly, & Michael
The Counseling Center Staff
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