Life can be overwhelming. Family, friends, school, and jobs can take a toll on our mental and physical health. Taking care of yourself isn’t easy—we know because that’s something we talk about with young people every day on the YouthLine. We’re here to help you take care of yourself and get through today.
Don’t let feelings of stress, overwhelm, or depression loom over you until they become too much. Instead, here are some tips to help make sure you’re taking care of your body, mind, and social life:
- Eat a tasty snack
- Drink a big glass of water
- Exercise (walk, run, bike ride, stretch, do push-ups, play Wii)
- Get up, take a shower/bubble bath, and get dressed
- Turn on some music and dance
- Take 10 deep breaths
- Go to bed early or take a nap
- Listen to music or work on a song I'm writing
- Watch a movie
- Do something artistic like draw, paint, dance or sing
- Look in the mirror and tell myself, "I'm a rock star"
- Write in a journal
- Read a book
- Lose the caffeine
- Take a personal timeout
- Call a friend or trusted family member
- Start a blog or a vlog
- Find out what clubs my school has that I'd like to join
- Play with my pet or take my neighbor's dog for a walk
- Fill idle time by volunteering for something I care about
- Connect with friends on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr
- When in doubt, get out and people watch! (Go to mall, bookstore, community center, etc.)
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