Mental Health Awareness Month — the perfect time to embrace daily activities to encourage a peaceful mind. There is a multitude of studies that show the benefits of self-care and how that can help you be better in multiple ways. Every day you can dedicate just a few minutes to yourself in an effort to take care of you own mental health. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Create a Journal
The best thing about crafting your own journal is that you can write whatever you want. Purge your thoughts and jot down your aspirations. Then, write five things you’re thankful for. Studies show that people who log what they are grateful for daily are significantly happier than the people who don’t. Make it creative! Draw pictures, tape in photographs, press flowers in it — whatever you want. Take time to reflect on what you have and embody that feeling of peace. Let the feelings of appreciation and calmness wash over you.

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Find Inspiration
Inspiration is everywhere. Go to YouTube and watch an interview with someone you admire. Read an article or story about your favorite musician or artist. Watch a movie clip that sparks something inside of you, or turn on your favorite song that soothes your soul. Immerse yourself in the natural boost you’ll get when you feed your mind. The constant flow of inspiration will be a reminder that life is good.

Move Your Body
Who says exercise has to be strenuous or something to dread? Studies show that after a 20 minute walk, your brain actually releases more dopamine, making you happier than you were before! Walk outside, bike through a park, stretch out any way you want, or dance to your favorite music. Do what you love and enjoy it.

Make Your Mantra
Choose a mantra like “love,” or “peace,” or an affirmation like “I am radiating love,” or “I am happy and whole where I am.” Make it personal, and make it real to you. Choose words that bring out real emotion in you. Make art with your mantra or affirmation — sing it, make a painting, even cook while chanting it. Let that energy flow wildly around you and inside of you. Studies prove that this actually decreases anxiety, aids in problem solving skills, and eases depression. Wear a tangible reminder of your mantra with our Words are Powerful Collection.

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Every one of these acts can take as much or as little time as you need. Fit these into your daily life with the intention of taking care of yourself. Watch your happiness and overall health improve this month as you bloom in harmony with the flowers outside. Bring these good habits beyond Mental Health Awareness Month, practicing self-care every day will feed your soul and help you live a happy life!

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Written by Ani Ferlise
A wild woman living amongst the trees in Oregon, I can be found listening to classic rock, talking with my cat Patrick Swayze, and playing with crystals and herbs. I am the Creative Copywriter, creating content filled with how to enjoy the little things and the magic of every day life. I live my life by Bob Dylan’s quote: “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”