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Take Care: Reminders from Gannon's Counseling Center

Published: 05/20/2021

Morosky Fountain at Gannon University

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 break
  • Stop shaming yourself for your struggle – it is OK not to be OK
  • Write down 5 things you’re grateful for
  • Tell a loved one how much they mean to you
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Read a self-help book
  • Eat a nutritious meal
  • Accept your flaws
  • Do a yoga class
  • Ask for help if you need it
  • Journal out your feelings
  • Write down five reasons you love your body
  • Watch a self-help video on YouTube
  • Do something that brings you pleasure
  • Give yourself a hug
  • Write down five tough times you’ve made it through – remind yourself of your resilience
  • Move your body
  • Journal prompt: “What are some things in my life that no longer serve me?”
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Schedule that first therapy appointment
  • Write down five positive affirmations for yourself
  • Don’t drink alcohol
  • Get out in nature
  • Journal prompt: “If it was my loved one in this situation, what would I say to them?” Give yourself the same compassion
  • Write down five ways your partner and you could have more “togetherness”
  • Buy or pick yourself a bouquet of flowers
  • Learn a new skill
  • Write down five things you did this week that you’re proud of yourself for
  • Unsubscribe to email marketing you don’t want to keep up with
  • Put your phone on airplane mode for a few hours
  • Write yourself a love letter
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Practice deep breathing and bring all your awareness to this for five minutes
  • Read a book that brings comfort
  • Create a playlist of your favorite songs
  • Create a vision board
  • Journal prompt: “What is holding me back from loving myself?”
  • Buy or cook yourself your favorite meal
  • Take a long shower
  • Spend some quality time with your loved ones
  • Write down five ways you can add more joy to your life – do the first one
  • Forgive yourself for a past mistake – you are human
  • Call a friend you’ve lost contact with
  • Journal prompt: “What guidance would my role model  give me during this touch period?”
  • Clean out your email inbox
  • Turn off notifications for an evening
  • Write down five kind things you’ve done for others
  • Watch a motivational speech on YouTube or Ted Talks
  • If you believe you may have a mental illness, see a doctor or therapist
  • Journal prompt: “What are some unresolved issues in my past that I need to start exploring?

  • Warmly, Jodi, Christine, Aly, & Michael
    The Counseling Center Staff

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