12 Greatest Mental Health Tips


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Do you know that Mental Health America (MHA) reported over 20% of adults, or over 50 million Americans, were experiencing a mental illness in 2019-2020? With these staggering data, how do you take care of your mental health? Here are 12 insightful tips. 

Never Evaluate Your Life When You’re Tired

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“Ever noticed things seem so much worse at night when worries seem at their worst? Then the next morning, your brain can think of ways to fix them, and most times they aren’t there the next day?” asks a user. 

Well, never evaluate your life when you are feeling tired. It’s a “bit like the old ‘sleep on it’ approach.”  

Don’t Take Criticism From Someone You Wouldn’t Take Advice From

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Read that again. If the person offering you criticism wouldn’t offer you sound advice, don’t take their criticism to heart. 

If It’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing It Badly

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A commentator explains this mental health tip, “If you can’t handle doing it perfectly or finishing it, half-ace it at least. If you can’t groom yourself due to depression, at least brush your teeth.” The concept here is “not being hard on yourself but being kind.”

Or as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

If You Can’t Beat the Fear, Just Do It Scared

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This tip is the definition of courage: doing something regardless of fear. “People mistake courage with being fearless, but these are not synonyms,” clarifies a user, “Being fearless is stupid. Being courageous is going ahead anyway, even though you’re afraid.”

Self-Care Isn’t Always a Bath and a Hot Chocolate

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Sometimes, self-care demands you to do “things that are good for our mental health,” such as drinking water, walking, or exercising. You shouldn’t always treat it “as a little cheating moment.” 

Parent Yourself the Way Your Own Parents Never Did

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The next great tip is learning how to parent yourself in a better way than your parents did. “It definitely takes time to learn, especially when we’ve been taught to hate ourselves,” points out a user. But it’s not impossible. 

And if you had great parents, “pick the parts of their parenting that you think were the weakest and improve those aspects.”

You Cannot Control Other People’s Actions

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In other words, “The only person you can control is you.” So, stop worrying about other people’s actions. 

The Validation You Seek From Others Is Validation You Refuse to Give Yourself

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“The point here is that when you want someone else to tell you that you did a good job on something, you really don’t need someone else to do that,” explains a poster. You can validate yourself, too. 

It’s OK not to Feel OK

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Or, “It’s okay to be a mess because you can always clean it up. It doesn’t have to be permanent.” Also, “accept the pain, but don’t accept that you deserved it.”

Figure Out Who You Are and Where You Want to Be

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This tip has proven effective when you are in or out of a relationship. Knowing who you are and where you want to be will keep you emotionally grounded.  

You’re More Than You Give Yourself Credit For

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This is so true. Do not be utterly focused on just one part of who you are. “Remember that you are also a friend, a family member, etc. It’s important to remember this, especially when one aspect of our life begins to cause us distress.” 

Sometimes, You’ve Got to Be Selfish

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If you always prioritize people who care so little about you, sometimes you’ve got to be selfish and nurture yourself. A poster says, “The problem with giving so much to others is you leave nothing for yourself, and you are no good to anyone.”

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