Supporting Your Mental Health
What is Negativity Bias?
Do you find yourself responding more to negative things than positive things? You see a photo of yourself and notice everything you don’t like or you meet a new group of people and focus on the things you wish you hadn’t said. That is called “negativity bias”. Read more to learn about negativity bias (hint: its a survival skill) and how you can use positive psychology to combat your own negative thoughts.
Practice Self-Care for your Mental Health!
Our mental health is an important part of our overall health. Like physical health, there are things we can do to keep ourselves well. Visit our Wellness Room or Mindful Moments Web Series to find ideas for self-care that will help support mental health. We’ve also created an activity titled Building Your Wellness Backpack. Learn how to recognize when you need to focus on stress relief and self-care, and build a ‘backpack’ of tools you can use to support your mental health and overall wellness with our recorded session and fillable PDF.
There are many great apps available to help you prioritize your mental health, as well. Check out a few listed below:
Liberate – provides daily meditations for BIPOC youth to aid in reducing stress and anxiety, and promoting better sleep.
Calm – includes meditations and other activities to reduce stress, improve focus and sleep
Headspace – offers tools to manage stress, practice mindfulness, improve sleep and get moving for more energy and focus.
Let’s Talk about Mental Health
Talking about mental health can reduce stigma and help us feel less alone. When we share our stories with others, and let others share their stories with us, we create safe, affirming spaces where open conversations are normalized and individuals are supported. These conversations can be difficult and uncomfortable. Seize the Awkward offers strategies and messaging to youth who want to help a friend who is struggling with mental health related problems. Just Tell One provides confidence-boosting tools to help start the conversation about mental health, and close the 10-year gap it usually takes for people to seek support.