• Hannah Kaplan

3 steps I've taken to improve my mental health

Mental health issues can feel isolating and overwhelming. Here's what I did when I noticed that my depression was becoming an issue that I wanted to address.

1. Recognized that I needed help and asked for it

Even though I know from experience how much of a positive impact therapy can have, it had been so long since I'd been in therapy, and I was scared of starting the process again. Eventually the desire to change my situation outweighed the fear and I was able to start moving in the right direction.

2. Found a therapist

A huge part of my anxiety around starting therapy again was the search for the right therapist. When you're already depressed and struggling to function, the idea of having to bare your soul to someone you don't know and then potentially have it not work out and having to keep searching and trying again can seem impossible. If you have someone in your life who can help you with the search, that can help take some of the pressure off.

3. Made my art studio a negativity free zone

For me, my creative expression has always been linked with my mental health. So finding a healthy way to make art that reinforces positive thought patterns was hugely important for me. It didn't happen all at once, but at a certain point it kind of clicked that my studio has to be a judgment free zone where I trust my instincts, where I can get my emotions out and not be worried about how that looks.

What do you do to keep your mental health in check? Drop your fav self care tips!

Art has helped me with my depression so much, and since I want to share that healing magic with you, I'm working on something super special! Make sure you're subscribed to my email list before this Saturday so you don't miss out.

Xo, Hannah

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