In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’ve gathered our top self-care, wellness, and mindfulness tips and tools to help you unplug, reduce stress, and prioritize YOU.

1. Jumpstart self-care with prompted journaling.

Did you know that journaling can help reduce stress, increase mindfulness, and improve your mood? Guided journaling (or prompted journaling) is a great way to jumpstart emotional self-care, mindfulness, and creativity, anytime, anywhere. Try prompted journaling the next time you start to feel overwhelmed or need a little “me time.” Top prompted journals for self-care include the Self Care Journal, I Am Enough Journal, and the Vision Journal Notebook.

2. Use habit-trackers for self-care and wellness goals.

To change your habits, it helps to understand them and how they’re triggered. Start by tracking your habits with a habit-tracking wellness log so you can turn your health and wellness goals into a reality. This self-care tool helps you not only understand habit patterns and triggers, but it also helps pinpoint what’s working and what’s not, track your progress, log results, and set and achieve six months of your wellness goals.

3. Boost your self-care and mood with daily gratitude.

Psychology Today reports that practicing gratitude can improve mindfulness, your mental and physical health, even your relationships. Develop an attitude of gratitude and enjoy its stress-busting, health-boosting benefits using the Gratitude Journal. Its guided prompts, inspirational quotes, and reflection spreads make it a healthy part of any self-care routine.

4. Reduce stress and increase self-care by planning on paper.

Reducing stress plays a big part in self-care. What if we told you that you can help reduce stress with just two things: pen and paper? You read that right! Planning on paper is one of the most effective stress management techniques. It feels good too! Try using a paper planner, or even just a notebook, to plan out your day or week, and see how it can reduce stress while increasing your productivity and organization!

5. Prioritize self-care by scheduling “downtime” in your calendar.

Take the time you need to take care of you. In this busy climate, that’s way easier said than done. One way to ensure you get a little more time for yourself is to schedule it in your planner or calendar. That way, no matter how busy your day gets, you have time set aside to rest, reset, and recharge.

6. Reduce noise pollution in your home for a better self-care environment.

You may be surprised at how many times we alarm ourselves or fatigue our senses with all-day, intermittent alarms, notifications, timers, and more. This is especially important if you’re working from home and/or have kids enrolled in at-home learning. Consider choosing time windows to silence phone notifications, alarms, kitchen timers, and unnecessary sources of noise that can undermine your concentration, inner calm, and ambient peace. If you rely heavily on timers, try unplugging and using simple, tranquil timers like hourglasses instead.

7. Promote self-care with kindness.

Kindness is a powerful form of self-care. From helping others to showing yourself kindness, make a difference whenever and wherever you can. It’s good for you and everyone around you! The next time you need organization essentials or even thoughtful, practical gifts, consider products that giveback first. That way, you get what you need while also paying it forward. There’s nothing wrong with combining kindness and intelligence!

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