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15 Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health In 2018

Respect what you're feeling.

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1. Use social networks to surround yourself with inspiring individuals and cool stuff that makes you genuinely happy.

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The idea of totally disconnecting from, or spending less time on social networks seems great, but we all know it's not that easy. Try to maintain a personal feed that makes you happy to be online.

2. Ask the people in your life about how they're doing more often.

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Understanding what everyone else is going through can give you more perspective on life — and it makes people feel heard.

3. Create little rituals that makes you feel happy and present for the moment, no matter what your day was like.

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Maybe it's meditating, really enjoying the time you spend putting on makeup, or reading a few pages of a book every day.

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5. Identify a calming routine or activity that you can consistently turn to in times of anxiety or stress.

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Whether it's a deep breathing practice or rock climbing, having your "me time" on standby will come in clutch when things get stressful.

6. Mix up your daily routine in small ways.

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You could try out a new recipe, take a different route home, or set aside one day to watch a different kind of Netflix show. Whatever it is, refusing to stay on "autopilot" will keep you feeling inspired and refreshed.

7. Find the best way to listen to yourself.

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Everyone needs an outlet for getting their thoughts out and processing everything. Whether it's through journalling, going to therapy, or even talking to yourself, find a way to tend to your interior monologue and express yourself.

8. When things feel unfair or don't go the way we planned, allow yourself to feel the full range of emotions involved.

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It sounds super obvious, but we're often not always prepared to deal with our own frustration. Balance your expectations and the possibilities of what can actually happen when it comes to the important things in life.

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10. Stop comparing yourself with your idea of perfection.

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This goes for comparing yourself to celebrities/people on Instagram, but also when it comes to comparing yourself to who you feel like you **should** be. Identify the qualities that you love about yourself, and bask in them.

12. Make decisions that make you proud.

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When in doubt, go with what the most important person in your life — that's you! — would want for you. So often, we mistake being selfish with setting healthy boundaries and self-care.

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13. Look for a type of exercise you enjoy.

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Don't let anyone make you feel like it's SoulCycle or bust — just find some kind of activity that lets you work off stress and get the endorphins going.

15. Respect your own feelings.

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Remember that you're not obligated to do anything. Taking care of your mental health is about respecting your time and what you are feeling. The beginning of the year is a common — though also high pressure — time to "get your life in order," but remember that you're operating on your own time and schedule. And, most importantly, don't ever be afraid of seeking help when you need it.

This post was translated from Portuguese.