Taking Care of Your Mental Health for Teens

Self-care can have a real impact on your mood. Take time to take care of yourself so you can feel your best.

Taking care of yourself and supporting your friends can make the difference between a good day and a not-so-good day. Try out these tips for taking care of yourself so you can be your healthiest and happiest.

10 Self-Care Strategies for Teens
  1. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Focus on what you can CONTROL, like your breathing, staying in the present and disconnecting from all forms of media.
  2. Spend time outside, even if you’re avoiding crowds. Wear a mask and social distance.
  3. Engage in mindfulness activities, such as starting a gratitude journal or preparing your favorite meal without distractions.
  4. Reach out and connect with someone supportive in your life.
  5. Practice self-care in whatever form works for you. This could include exercising, reading, listening to music, meditating, or getting adequate sleep.
  6. Make a list of your favorite songs or movies, and share the list with your friends. Maybe even create a throwback song list and listen to it together or with your parents.
  7. Challenge negative beliefs about change.
  8. Find new ways to connect with your friends. Social distancing should not mean social isolation!
  9. Make your space comfy and cozy with a soft blanket, relaxing lighting, and objects that make you happy or remind you of happy memories.
  10. Set boundaries with your media consumption and use your extra time to engage in meaningful conversations.
Teen Apps for Self-Care
  • Try out the self-care tools and resources on GritX
  • MyLife offers over 400 activities for managing stress, sleeping better and finding calm
Mental Health Resources

National Suicide Prevention Line

  • 800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line

  • Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained counselor for free

California Warmline

  • 1-855-845-7415 available 24/7
  • A non-emergency resource for anyone seeking emotional support

The Trevor Project

  • TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • Text TREVOR to 1-202-304-1200
  • TrevorChat: via thetrevorpoject.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline

  • 1-800-799-7233
  • Text LOVEIS to 22522
  • Resources for teen dating abuse

Child Abuse Hotline

  • 1-800-344-6000 available 24/7
  • If you or a friend is being hurt or neglected

My3 App

  • Define your network and your plan to stay safe

MindShift App

  • Strategies to help cope with stress and anxiety