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18 Posts That Will Improve Your Mental Health

Basically everything you need to know about looking after your mental health.

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Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, but sometimes, taking care of it isn't as straightforward.

To help, we rounded up some of our best articles — full of expert tips and insight — about mental health, happiness, and self-care so that you can look after yourself in all the ways you need. We even pulled out a few tips from each post to give you a sneak peek. Behold!

1. A Beginner's Guide To Starting Therapy

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Because, y'know, a little professional help never hurt anyone. It covers things like how to find a therapist, what the different types of therapy are, and what to do before your first visit.

Read more here.

2. 13 Incredibly Smart Tips To Be Happier From Mental Health Experts

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Like cutting "should" from your vocabulary, because it basically guarantees whatever you think "should" happen, won't. Constantly saying you should do something — like "I should go to the gym more" or "I should be nicer" — is like this big, judgmental finger wagging at yourself, and it'll only make you feel guilty. Try replacing it with "I would like."

Read more here.

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3. 25 Tiny Changes That'll Make You Feel Really Good About Life

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Like these tips from our readers:

"We all have those 'almost-friends' that we keep planning to get drinks with, but never do. Instead of making plans ahead of time, which can be a little much, I started just asking people to join me for my daily whatever. 'Hey, I'm checking out that new bookstore today,' or a friendly 'What are you up to? I was about to take a walk downtown if you want to join!' are super-easy ways to get more friend time." —rox4ec5a8111

"If I have something that needs to be done and can be done in under five minutes, I do it the second it crosses my mind so that it's out of the way and I can get on with my life. Nothing worse than being snuggled in your bed and then remembering the bin needs to be taken out."

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4. 13 Ways You May Be Accidentally Making Yourself Unhappy

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Sometimes, the stuff you do to feel better backfires and makes you feel worse, like ignoring your negative thoughts so they don't get you down, when actually, feeling your feelings is necessary for dealing with them. The more you try to push negative shit down, the more power they have over you and the truer they feel.

Read more here.

5. Here Are 31 Clever Tips To Make Life Feel A Little Easier

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This list is filled with self-care tips from experts and BuzzFeed readers, so you're getting both a professional POV and tried-and-true methods from ~regular people~. Some little ideas include: making a "done" list instead of a "to-do" list, saving nice words/emails/messages so you can look back on them later, and making your bed every damn day.

Read more here.

6. Here's How To Use A Bullet Journal For Better Mental Health

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Bullet journals (basically a mix between a to-do list, planner, and diary) are amazing for tracking tasks, thoughts, activities, and life events, so they lend themselves really well to recording info about your mental health. Find out how to use one here.

7. 31 Important Mental Health Tips You Should Try Right Now

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Like these tips from our readers:

"If something is wrong, admit that something is wrong, and decide that you're going to fix it. You don't have to know what to call the problem or know the solution, but decide that you're going to work to get better."

—Amanda Turner, Facebook

"No one is ever thinking about you as much as you believe they are, because everyone is too busy worrying about themselves. Take care of you, and not the you that you feel you're perceived as."

—Shannon LeBlanc, Facebook

Read more here.

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8. Here's How To Know If You Could Benefit From Therapy

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You've probably wondered whether or not you should try out this whole therapy thing, but you may have stopped yourself because therapy seems like something for other people, not you. There are a million reasons to go to therapy, though. Maybe you need a guilt-free place to focus on YOU, or maybe you need a place to practice being more assertive, more social, more vulnerable, more whatever.

Read more here.

9. Here's What To Do If You Can't Afford Therapy

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Money can be a big barrier when it comes to seeking therapy — but you DO have options. BuzzFeed Health talked to experts about free and low-cost mental health services — so you can look after yourself no matter what.

Read more here.

10. Here's a Bunch Of Advice From Other People's Therapists That Might Help You Too

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Like this advice our readers got from their therapists:

"If you make a decision and later it turns out not to be the best thing, it's okay. You made the choice based on the current information and maybe what was best for past-you. Future-you might know differently, but it doesn't invalidate that past decision or mean that it was bad."

—Sarah E. Dunham, Facebook

"You don't have 'failed' relationships. Your former relationships lasted as long as they needed to in order to teach you whatever they needed to teach you. Your job is to learn that lesson and move on."

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11. 25 Cheat Sheets For Taking Care Of Yourself Like A Damn Adult

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Learn how to be a well-adjusted human with easy-to-digest charts and pictures, which will teach you things like how to practice self-care, reframe your negative thoughts, and keep stress at bay. Read more here.

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Like an app that that wakes you up to the sound of music and shows you a beautifully illustrated positive affirmation when you check your phone.

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15. 16 Little Ways To Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Life

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Whether you experience occasional anxiety symptoms or you have a diagnosed disorder, there are little things you can do to manage it on a day-to-day basis, including: keeping an anxiety journal to find out what's making you anxious and naming your anxiety so that you can view it as an outside thing, rather than an annoying part of you.

Read more here.

16. 37 Products That Just Might Make You Infinitely Happier

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Like these things that our readers said improved their mental health:

"A glitter lava lamp. I put it on a high shelf, and when I'm stressed/overwhelmed, I just turn the lights off, lie on my bed, put on my 'Songs That Make Me Happy' playlist, and watch the little lights flicker across the whole room like stars."

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"A big box of legos. I like building stuff. It's a real stress reliever! It makes me forget about everything bothering me, upsetting me, or even making me mad."

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Read more here.

18. 21 Little Ways To Be Happier In 2017

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Like, replacing "I'm sorry" with "thank you." Instead of saying, "Sorry I'm late," say, "Thanks for waiting for me." Or instead of saying, "Sorry I messed up," say, "Thank you for being patient with me." This might help shift your thinking to be more positive and it'll make sure your loved ones are getting your gratitude instead of your negativity.

Read more here.

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