We all have mental health and it affects how we think, feel, act. It also helps determine how we cope and handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

As it's Mental Health Awareness Week, I wanted to share some of my doodles as gentle reminders: When someone is struggling with their mental health, don't try to fix it. Be there and provide a safe and non-judgmental space—should they need it.

Celebrate every small step. Give yourself permission to rest. A small act of kindness can impact someone's day and have the power to create a ripple effect of positive difference. Connect with someone.

Ask for help and support if you need it. It's okay to not feel okay: You don't have to struggle in silence. Go at your own pace, whatever that looks like for you. You can't pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself and have support for you too. You can be kind and still set healthy boundaries. Even when you're struggling: You are worthy. You are loved. You are Enough.

I know what's it's like to be in a poor frame of mind and having a support system, creating art and journaling became part of my healing journey and the strength to realign with myself. I decided to share some of my doodles one day on Instagram and saw how it also brought connection to others and hope it brings you some too.

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Miss Cris
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4 months ago

How difficult! 😅

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Miss Cris
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4 months ago

Why this is so low?

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Ryan Deschanel
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4 months ago

And, most important : don't listen to positive, toxic people who try to make you blam yourself.

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Tami
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4 months ago

Nice! Indeed, it seems like the healthiest attitude includes flexibility and the confidence to deal with changes. Don't let perfect get in the way of better!

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AppleDragon
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4 months ago

Happiness...

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bionicsarah
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4 months ago

Exactly. Just be there.

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Sky Render
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4 months ago

Can relate. Both sides, no less.

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not your average weirdo
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4 months ago

Cute

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4 months ago

I like mattering.

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Chaela&RiceBear
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4 months ago

This just boosts me to do better :)

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Chaela&RiceBear
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4 months ago

I'ma cry-

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Miss Cris
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4 months ago

My both brain and heart are tired sometimes

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not your average weirdo
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4 months ago

This is cute!

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not your average weirdo
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4 months ago

I love it

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Aroace tiger
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4 months ago (edited)

What if I have no time to rest properly?

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Jacqueline Conway
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4 months ago

...and remember to celebrate and appreciate each small step.

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Alexis Bilodeau
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4 months ago

And here I thought I was crazy for alternating feelings quickly... so simple yet mind blowing

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Tami
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4 months ago

Must be especially difficult for young people to find their way these days. Medias throw out so many opinions and false appearances that could make you feel wrong about any purpose you have. I'm 59 and feel this to some extent even when involved in hardly any social media at all.

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Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

You may feel small and unimportant not realizing you are the reason they keep trying, that one smile they look forward to each day.

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Kameryn Sinclair
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4 months ago

lol

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Sebastian Richter
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4 months ago

I hope so 😕

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POLARBEARLUVER
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4 months ago

snow way! that is snow funny

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TheHappyBookCat
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4 months ago

Awwwww.

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Jacqueline Conway
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4 months ago

Also, you don’t have to do your best if you don’t feel up to it: do whatever you can, even if it’s nothing at the moment. It’s still enough.

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Spring Fisk
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4 months ago

We can not change the past, we much first forgive ourselves and then take positive action

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Jordan Rogers
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4 months ago

This will definitely help someone out. It makes my day better already!