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Madhappy Presents: Mental Health Daily    

Madhappy Presents: Mental Health Daily

RECAP

This past May, to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, we launched a digital campaign that featured a series of daily questions answered on Instagram by friends of the brand. We were so thrilled by the outpouring of responses and conversations we were able to generate. In fact, we reached more than 100 million impressions.

This campaign allowed us to show how mental health challenges and successes know no boundaries. All of our friends, no matter their age, location, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc had a story. We thank each and every one of you who shared a piece of that story with us. By doing so, we were able to contribute to the larger mission of destigmatization and help each other feel less alone.

At Madhappy, we are on a continuous mission to make the world a more optimistic place by creating conversation around mental health. We want to foster these conversations in our stories, posts, feeds, and clothing. We believe that the work to destigmatize mental illness starts with opening the door for people to feel permission to express their true emotions, beliefs, behaviors, struggles, and successes. We will always be a place for these conversations, online and offline.

This post is a recap of each Mental Health Daily question and answers from our friends from around the world. Learn more about other's experience with mental health to see how truly united we all are with our mental health journeys. You may even gain some new coping strategy ideas from our friends!

Artwork by FISK

May 29th Question:

"How Do You Talk To Your Friends About Mental Health?"

Dr Deepika Chopra tries to talk to her friends about mental health from a place of nonjudgemental, with empathy, and with transparency.

Our good friend Gaby Ulloa acknowledges that no two people look at a situation the exact same way so she likes to use "I" statements, rather than "we" statements. That individualizes people's experiences and acknowledges that we all have different experiences. She also tries to be there for her friends to feel seen, heard, and loved unconditionally. She also doesn't give advice.

Blondish says all her friends talk about is how they give themselves self love. They approach it by trying to figure out how to move out of their heads and into their heart space. They talk about their morning rituals a lot!

Meadow lets her friends know that she is someone her friends can come to. She tries to create that space for her friends, show them that she is always here to talk about mental health. Not to give advice, but to hold space and listen.

Mason says it depends on the friend but it starts with meeting them with they are. Knowing his friends level, how deep they want to go, etc has a lot to do with how they approach the conversation.

May 28th Question

"What Are Some Habits You Put In Place To Work On Your Mental Health?"

Our friend Max Feldstein said his mental health closely correlates to his work stress and anxiety. He takes things to pen and paper to help him stay organized and work positively through the week, which really helps with his mental health. He notes that you can use this for work or your personal life, and that by writing out his goals and what he's trying to accomplish it helps clear that space for your mind to process.

Mason says the biggest one for him is routine and habit. Going to therapy, going to meetings, expressing himself with loved ones and people he trusts, listening to music, getting outside, watching movies, and journaling. It's different for everyone but those are some of his.

For Meadow, it's setting healthy boundaries. Those did not come naturally for her and learning to listen to her limits and boundaries, and being more accepting of when she needs breaks or has hit her threshold is huge. Other weekly habits that help her are: talking it out with loved ones, reading for inspiration, doing deep breathing exercises, and setting time limits on digital platforms.

May 27th Question

"What Is The Most Powerful Part Of Therapy For You?"

For Mason, it's really been the progress and been able to look back and see how much he has grown, evolved, and changed. It takes a lot of time but there are examples of perspectives or mindsets that have drastically evolved. It shows how powerful our minds are and shows if we really do the work, we can flip our mind 180 degrees.

For Meadow, it's been the uninterrupted time and space to dedicate to her self growth. She feels that while it's easy for her to talk about these subjects philosophically or conversationally, it's different to sit there and think actively about how they affect, influence, or apply to yourself. Creating dedicated space to active self growth and working with a professional on that has been monumental.

May 26th Question

"What Was Your First Therapy Session Like?"

Mason's mom put him and all his siblings into therapy when he was 7 years old. So while he doesn't remember it well, he's so thankful he had that experience from a young age because it became normalized for him and gave him tools to talk about how he was feeling. Whether you just started therapy or thinking about it, he highly recommends it. Finding the right person and getting started is the hardest part, but then you can get a flow or routine that becomes second nature.

Meadow's first session was when she was 17 years old. She remembers just being excited to have a space to talk to someone about the things she was going through from her perspective and be there for her role in it all. She truly believes therapy is a powerful tool and way to hold a mirror to our behaviors or patterns that we may be look at everyday without truly seeing.

May 25th Question

"How Do You Use Social Media In A Way That Supports Your Mental Health Instead Of Hurting It?"

Mark over at Lucali Pizza said first and foremost, he uses in smaller doses yet with COVID that has pretty much been impossible. He uses it to stay in touch with friends and family, customers, and fellow restauranteurs.

Orion Carloto has three things. One, limiting her time on it. Two, no more lurking or looking for things she doesn't need to know the answer to. Three, posting about things and following accounts that inspire her, instead of using social media to talk about things that she dislikes.

Mason says he is still learning how to do this because social media has been bad for his mental health in the past. For him, it's all about balance and checking in with himself about how he is thinking or feeling. A big positive he's taken away is keeping up or checking in with friends and loved ones.

May 24th Question

"Who Is The First Person You Reach Out To When You Are Struggling Emotionally?"

For Mason, it depends on what he is struggling with. If it's something from childhood, he'll go his mom. If it's something about addiction or being sober, he'll go to someone in the program. If it's something about day to day, he'll go to his roommate. He notes that more importantly than who you are sharing with, it's that you are sharing in general.

Meadow feels similarly to Mason in that it may depend on the subject. Most of the time, it's either her boyfriend, mom, or best friend Becky, since those are three people she feels unconditional support and love from, who will always hold space for her.

May 22nd Question

"How Do You Speak With A Friend That Needs Help?"

Kevin Mjr notes that he is open in his friendships and that they usually create space to talk about what's going on. He makes a point to give friends space to ask them how they are doing and try to get them to speak up. It's about really giving your friend the opportunity to feel seen and heard, by just listening and being by their side.

For Vivian Benitez, she's realized that listening is more important than having the answers. She notices that she so badly wants to fix the situation but now understands that the best thing you can do for them is be there to listen, not have the answer.

Mason says being open, listening, and holding space are important reminders; not giving advice or telling them what you think they should do, but relating back to them. Saying things like, "when you said xyz, it reminded me of this time I went through abc, and this is what helped me during that time..."

May 21st Question

"What Have You Learned About Mental Health During This Crisis That You’ll Take With You When It’s Over?"

Our friend Jilly Hendrix said that people think you should be available all the time now that we are home, but that's not the case! You don't need to respond immediately, answer every phone call, attend every Zoom party, etc. We need to be most honest with our emotions and communicate that rather than make excuses to appease the person whose invitation we are declining.

Janel Parrish has learned that while we may not have control over anything, we do have control over the way we respond to it. We are stronger than we think we are and we can change our stories. She will be taking that with her.

For Alexia Umansky, it's do what it is that makes you happy. If you want to say no, say it. You don't have to do anything to impress other people. If you want to say yes, say yes.

Mason has been pleasantly reminded of how much he needs connection and community, and to be around other people. He said he is even talking to family and friends more. He's going to take connection and how important it is and how much it effects his mental health with him.

May 20th Question

"What's Helping You Stay Connected During This Current Crisis?"

Our good friend Jesse Israel stays connected by disconnecting from his phone. He makes time every day and night to put the phone on airplane mode and do something analog, like listening to his transistor radio.

Jackie Cantwell likes to use breathing practices to stay connected during this time. When she feels anxious, sad, or scared she knows she can use her breath to get connected back with herself and who she really is. One of her favorite breathing practices is the box breath: inhale for four, hold for four, exhale for four. You can do this for 1 minute to 5 minutes.

For our friend Murray Hidary, staying connected is all about the bigger picture and not getting caught up in the weeds or details. The bigger picture is realizing that this is one chapter in a broader story. To be reminded of this, he creates. For him, it's through music. Find your way to create!

Our friends over at Jon & Vinny's had some great insight. Vinny said that work is keeping them connected. He gets to see a lot of familiar faces and the people he loves working with. He's finding the silver lining in still having some businesses still standing. He also enjoys the challenge of trying to find new ways to succeed. For Jon, being able to go out and work is keeping him connected as well. He's going into the restaurants every day and making food to feed their community.

Mason is staying connected with technology and the internet. Usually he tries to limit his screen time but in this crisis, he has been using it a lot more to stay connected with friends and family all around the world.

Aside from being on Instagram, Keaton Milburn is staying connected by making sure her mental health and her loved one's are as well - facetiming friends she hasn't heard from in a while to make sure they're staying happy and healthy.

May 19th Question

"What's Helping You Stay Calm During This Current Crisis?"

Samira Ibrahim is staying calm by taking regular breaks throughout the work day, taking deep breaths, and listening to some vibey music to zone out.

For Yris Palmer, faith and family keep her calm. Being surrounded by her daughter and the ones that she loves and knowing that they are healthy is keeping her calm.

Sophie Mudd has been going on walks, doing home work outs, facetiming friends and family, learning to meditate, and taking up painting.

For Alexis Ren, routine is keeping her calm. She feels like this crisis has reminded us that we do only have the present moment and we have everything we need in that. Reminding herself and staying super close to her family has been keeping her calm.

Mason is staying calm in ways he knows how: family, friends, food, nature, and movies.

May 18th Question

"What’s A Big Challenge You’ve Faced In Your Life And What Did You Learn From It?"

Our friend Peter Rosenberg's family went through an immense loss a couple years ago that was incredibly difficult. He learned that as dark as things ever seem, they do somehow get better. Every experience we have, no matter how bad it is, things may never be the exact same, but things will be better.

In the summer of 2018, Mason had to check himself into treatment and the challenge was admitting to himself was that he couldn't do it anymore, that the jig was up and it was time to get some serious help. He learned that you have to be honest with yourself, even when it really hurts, and ask for help because no one can do it on their own.

Meadow said the most recent one for her was accepting that right now anti-depressants are better for her. It may not be forever, but right now, they have made a world of difference. Accepting the stigma that comes with taking anti depressants and honoring what works best for her, not anyone else, has been the biggest lesson in that.

May 17th Question

"How Do You Incorporate Gratitude Into Your Days?"

Alex Israel said feeling gratitude is always a part of both his daily morning meditation and evening walk.

For our friend Ben Nemtin, he tries to think of one thing he's grateful for every night before bed and every morning when he first wakes up.

Mason incorporates gratitude by being mindful and having the ability to press pause on what he's doing, getting way from screens, and having something to ground himself. That could be taking a walk outside, doing a breathing exercise, listening to a song, or something small like that.

May 15th Question

"What Feeling Do You Struggle With And What’s Your Best Tip For Managing That Feeling?"

Sofia struggles with anxiety and her best tip is to communicate and express your feelings to your family and loved ones. She reminds us that it's important for them to be aware of it and important for us to lift that shame off our anxiety and be more understanding and compassionate with who we are. Another tip she gave was to step outside, breathe, and be thankful.

Our friend Jake Woolf struggles with catastrophic thinking the most - he thinks the worst outcome is going to happen, all the time. He copes by communicating with his loved ones and turns to them to validate how he's feeling but also reassure him that outcome is probably not going to happen. Simply saying our thoughts out loud to others or ourselves can give us some perspective.

Our friend Colby aka MinnieMuse has been trying to stay active and keep her mind going using creative means.

For Kelley O'Hara the feeling she struggles with the most is stress and anxiety. What she's come to realize is that they are usually over things that are out of her control. The way she's come to manage that is by working through and identifying the things that are in her control to help her feel a lot less anxious. She also uses meditation and breathing exercises.

For our cofounder Mason, struggles with sadness and depression the most. His biggest tip is accepting our feelings, being understanding of them, not trying to fight them. Asking ourselves questions like, "why do I think I'm feeling this way?" This helps him to not feel this way for longer periods of times and be more equipped to deal with them when they come back up in the future.

May 13th Question:

"What Is One Thing That Improves Your Mood Or Makes You Feel Better?"

Our friend Freddie listens to Drake!

Mason spends time with people he loves and feels he can be his true self around.

Lexie Jayy takes a break from screen time by putting her phone on airplane mode for at least 45 minutes a day to listen to music and be present in the now.

Larray does things that he knows will make him happy even if it means forcing himself to get up and out of bed. When he is going through it, he knows he has to try to put himself in a better mood right away because otherwise he will sit in his room and wallow in his feelings over things he can't change. He suggests, "after you get your cry out, wash your face and do something you know in the past made you happy, no matter how hard it is." Sometimes he'll go to the movies or go get a Baja Blast Freeze - little things he knows in the past made him happy to sometimes (hopefully) make his day a little better.

One thing that improves Ryan Trainor's mood is a good work out.

May 12th Question:

"How Do You Manage Stress?"

Our friend Sonia is naturally a very anxious and stressed person so for her, moving her body every single day has been a huge game changer.

Colin Padalecki handles his stress by going outside in a safe place and focusing on putting his left foot in front of his right. He likes to think of stress as the storm none of us know when, where, or how is going to happen but we know it will. He believes the best way to go about it is having a plan of action that works for us. There's no perfect recipe.

Josh Luber gets a break from stress by spending time with his wife and kids. He says, "spend some time with a 5-year old and a 7-year old and you'll forget everything else that's going on."

Amanda Steele tends to put too much pressure on herself so she manages her stress by checking out for a bit. She reminds us that life won't stop if you aren't being the "best" you ever for a couple days. She gives herself days off to reset and refresh and get ready to take on the responsibilities again later.

For Mason, similar to yesterday, it starts with just accepting it, letting it in, and understanding it's something he just has to deal with. He tries to stay grounded in reality, focus on the facts, and if he is feeling stressed for a genuine reason he will go on a walk, listen to some music, or just take a few deep breaths.

May 11th Question:

"How Do You Deal With Anxiety?"

Sarah Akiba stays in touch with her friends and family. Anytime she is feeling anxious, uncomfortable, or scared she calls up someone in her support system for help.

For our friend Sugar Ray Leonard, he says the first thing is moving our bodies. He loves to work out, golf, tennis, jump rope, take a walk. He firmly believes that you have to move your body to get that pent up energy out of your system and out of your mind.

When Stassie is feeling anxious, she likes to take deep breaths, talk to her friends, sometimes she likes to work out. What helps her the most, is knowing the feeling is temporary and it will get past and you will get through it.

Jon Boy Tattoo didn't think he had any sort of anxiety issues until he was having restless nights, tossing and turning, and dwelling on things he shouldn't be worrying about. So to deal, he talks to his friend, family, clients, doctor and realized he needed to be on medication. It was tough for him to accept that it was a chemical imbalance. It's pride would tell him it's just mind over matter, but sometimes we can't help it. He reminds us that doctors are here to help us; so make sure you talk to someone.

Maiah Ocando likes to do something with her hands, something productive like cooking, drawing, anything she enjoys doing. That keeps her grounded, in the now, and that way she keeps herself from going to a dark place.

When Mason feels anxious, he just opens the door. He lets his anxiety in, hangs out with it, asks it questions and see why it's here, instead of acting like he doesn't hear it knocking. He reminds us to make it real, normalize it, talk about it. He heard a great quote once that said anxiety is the result of us resisting our feelings and that's always really helped him as he continues to deal with his anxiety.

May 10th Question:

"When Do You Feel Like Your Best Self?"

Our friend Katelyn Ohashi feels like her best self when she is standing with herself 100%. For her, that means: standing up for herself and listening to her body. Another one is being 100% confident in her own skin. Doing the things that she loves doing - not what she is the best at, not comparing herself to anyone else, but what makes her feel good and make her happy.

Mason feels like his best self when he is being honest with himself (even if it's a hard truth), when he is doing something that he truly loves, and when he's not concerned about judgment from other people.

Meadow feels like her best self when she is consistently doing self work i.e. meditating, being honest with herself, feeling the feelings, working out, etc. and when she is vulnerable and playful like having living room dance parties or laughing with friends.

May 8th Question:

"Whats Your Best Tip For Managing Your Emotions During Stressful Times?"

Our friend Kaia Gerber makes sure to check in on herself and reach out to her friends and family for help.

Our friend Samuel Krost said for him, it's as simple as taking a deep breath, trying your best to remove yourself from the stressful situation. Also understanding that things happen for a reason and do your absolute best to try to look for the positives in any stressful situation that you're in.

Sadie Newman says she is a very emotional person so she can have a very tough time with this! For her, in order to recognize her emotions, she has to feel them anyway so it's just a matter of recognizing and feeling them, without letting them consume her. She also likes meditation, writing, breathing, removing herself from the situation by going on a walk, etc.

For Amber Asaly, she feels that the ocean and nature is very healing or even chilling on her couch and watching Netflix. She reminded us there is no wrong way and there is no right way.

Madelyn Cline said meditation has done her wonders with her anxiety - being present with herself, for herself. It has redirected her subconscious thoughts from negative to positive. There is also a technique in meditation called noting. Noting is when you acknowledge the thought, you feel what it brings to you, but then you let it go, you don't let it rule you. She believes that's extremely healthy to apply to everyday thoughts.

Jonathan Davis finds himself going to finding the things in his life that he can control; whether that's breathing, sleeping, exercise. Acknowledging that some things you just can't control and taking power of the ones you can.

Jesse Joy said accepting the things that he cannot control and focus on the ones that he can. He also likes sports and music for coping!

Mason says just talking about them! To yourself or to someone else in your support system. No one can do it alone. We all need some kind of help in way, shape, or form. Don't keep it inside and let it manifest to become all these different kind of things. If you feel something, say something.

May 7th Question:

"If You Were Stranded On A Deserted Island And Could Only Bring One Thing To Support Your Mental Health, What Would It Be?"

Yoshi Flower's instant reaction was his guitar but in reality, he would bring a journal. Taking inventory, getting your thoughts out, tracking your progress, looking back on where you were and thinking of where you are now is such a huge thing for mental health. Setting your intentions, being able to check in, and really develop our true voice and how we speak to ourselves is a really important piece of our mental health journey. So, he would bring a journal (and then send a message in a bottle our way haha).

For Claire Olshan, although she would bring her son if she could (rules say you have to pick a thing!), she would bring her running shoes and some kind of device to have all the music and books in the world that ever existed.

Cofounder Mason says it would be his journal. He has been using it for the past two years and he takes his notes in there, expressed himself, written letters, done a lot of self work. It's pretty much his mental health bible and something he checks in with everyday to remind him of what he needs to do.

Art Director Chuhk said he would bring somebody to talk to... or a boat. Cheater!

Carter Gregory chose a record player with one record in it. Music is such a healing tool and something that helps him relax and decompress. It even acts as a sense of escapism for him honestly. The record that he would pick would by Ctrl by Sza or Purple Rain by Prince (great choices Carter).

Tabi said ideally she would bring a piano but realistically she would bring a journal so she could write everything down, write some music, keep track of time, and keep her sanity on a deserted island.

May 6th Question:

"What’s A Mental Health Lesson You’ve Learned Recently?"

Jordan from Lovely The Band said he learned to not blame himself for things that are out of his control. Especially in the times we're in today, he feels like it's easy to blame yourself when things aren't going the right way for you but if you can take yourself out of that it can really help you throughout this time.

Our friend Neels has learned that 'you are the sum of your thoughts.' If you think positively, you will accumulate positive things in your life and vice versa. His takeaway is to think about what you want to become. Especially right now, this has been really helping him.

For Nastia Liukin, she tries to start each morning and end each day with coming up with somethings she's grateful for and something she is happy for and happy about. Although it can sound simple, sometimes this is really difficult! She also says "try to be kind to yourself". She can find herself occasionally beating herself up about not exercising everyday, since she had to do that while training for the Olympics; but now, she's trying to be more kind to herself and listen to her mind and body. On days that she's not feeling it - she takes a me day.

Olivia Sui has learned the simple art of breathing. She notices that she takes very shallow breaths when she is stressed, anxious, or nervous and this can overpower her body in a negative way. But, when she simply focuses on her breath, it's like her body hits a reset button. It's something we take for granted, but when we practice this, things can become easier and lighter.

Our friend Vale Genta recently learned that it's okay to lean on people. There is a reason we have our support system, our friends, family, significant others... and that's to open up to them. If you wake up feeling sad for no reason, that's okay. It's important to voice our feelings and emotions. Vale is working on that everyday and she's noticed that when she expresses herself and what she is feeling, even if it is silly, it helps her significantly. Lean on those people that you have, because you are lucky to have them.

Our cofounder Mason recently rewatched Finding Nemo and was pleasantly reminded of the lesson that is "just keep swimming!" Rewatching this recently was such a powerful "aha" moment for him to the point where he had to pause the movie and reflect on the fact that - that is it! That's the meaning of life and mental health. Whatever that looks like for you, to just keep swimming everyday. Whether it's a small, everyday task or accomplishing a big goal; just keep swimming. It also served as a nice reminder that sometimes the most powerful messages can be right in front of us in the simplest animations, shows, or cartoons.

Our Art Director Chuhk recently found that his anxiety is manifesting symptoms similar to COVID-19. A lot of his peers have vocalized the same thing as well. He explains, "whether it's just our hypochondria or fight or flight, it can feel very real and quite scary. What helps me is taking a minute to sit with that discomfort and let myself be okay with it. Really feel it and see where it stems from. Then, I ask myself, am I in any real danger or just having a bout with my anxiety. And, it's literally always my anxiety."

May 5th Question:

"What’s A Mental Health Challenge You’ve Overcome In Your Life?"

For our Art Director Chuhk, a big mental health obstacle for him was abandoning the things he used as crutches for his anxiety. Things like food, drugs, and unfortunately, some people. Another was accepting that it took him 23 years before he noticed the signs and symptoms of his mental health and it might take that long, if not longer, to make peace with all that trauma.

Our friend Poppy Jamie from Happy Not Perfect said one of her biggest was chronic stress, exhaustion, and burn out she went through about two years ago. It's one of those things that doesn't necessarily go away - she checks in with herself when she feels her stress rising so that she doesn't hit burn out again.

Nate Brown said there are many he faces each and every day, some of which he is far from overcoming and hopefully, some that he has. The one that he is most proud of recently is learning the ability to know when to say "no". He says, "no is a very powerful and important word when used correctly. It's clarity of mind; it's the ability to set priorities. It's an understanding of what you need to commit your time to that adds purpose in your life and not just creates a scenario where you are busy for busy's sake. Ultimately it comes down to what value it adds to your life." He finds that saying "yes" to everything doesn't always mean you're saying yes to things that says value. Saying no, while often can be uncomfortable, is so much more liberating in the long term. Give "no" a shot!

For Summer McKeen, she is continuing to overcome negativity online everyday but something she has realized is that she does not have to be immersed by it. When she is off her phone, she is happier! Taking breaks away from the digital space for your mental health is so important. She recommends going through your following and making sure you're only following uplifting people or accounts that don't make you sad.

Our co-found Mason said the first thing that comes to mind for him is when he had to accept and admit he was struggling and that he needed to get help. It can feel very scary and you don't want to make it real by validating it but once he looked himself in the mirror and said he can't do this on his own anymore - it totally changed his life and perspective and you can come to see the world in a different way. It can be the hardest thing to admit, let go, and accept the reality of your situation but once he did, it totally changed his life for the better and put him on a great road to recovery which he continues to be on today.

Our friend Rebecca Black said it would be her issue and habit with self sabotage (she literally has a song out called Self Sabotage). It has been something that she learned through work of therapy and becoming more self aware, she became comfortable with the feeling that she would never live up to what she wanted to be and her expectations of herself. This perspective shaped her relationships, friendships, work, everything in her life. Over the years, now when she catches herself having these thoughts she asks herself, "is that really true?" Mostly, she's just repeating the words that have been projected onto her by other people, who are clearly going through their own things. It actually has nothing to do with the way she feels about herself and know what she is capable of! It's difficult and takes work, but you can get through it.

Olivia Rouyre said that taking time for herself has been a difficult one for her. She loves to do things for others and take care of them but a lot of times she spreads herself extremely thin by doing so. When she forgets to take time for herself or prioritize herself, she feels it. Now she's learning to focus more on herself and learn more about herself.

May 4th Question:

"Who Do You Look To For Advice Or Guidance On Mental Health?"

Jen Ceballos said she goes to her boyfriend for something funny to say to make her feel better or her mom because she is always there for her and always listens to her, and her friends.

Our friend Alyssa Lynch said she looks to her friend Jason is well versed in being able to shift your mindset and it's helped her a lot! She also goes to a dear friend Jamie for help and advice since she takes a more spiritual route. Also, she looks to herself! Through meditation and journaling, she can help come to her own solutions.

Our cofounder Mason said this process starts by identifying who he can talk to free of judgment, who he can trust, who really hears him, has similar experiences to what he's going through, and someone who is really empathetic who isn't looking to give advice but to hear him and meet him at his level. On a personal level, he goes to his roommate, mom, and other close friends. On the other side, he looks to his therapist or other fellows in his 12 Step Program.

Kaysan said he looks to his friends who have been there with him through his tough times and also he turns to himself in meditation.

Maddi Bragg turns to her friends as well since they all stay open with each other with their mental health and be there to listen to each other or give tips. She also looks to some people that she follows on Instagram like, Melissa Woodhealth and Amy Lee

Our friend Connor Brashier said he looks to his close friends, family, those he knows he can be the most comfortable around when he gets personal about what he is going through. By doing that, he opens up a lot of conversations that he feels can better your day, month, and life. He encourages us all to reach out to others when we need to.

May 3rd Question:

"What Types Of Self-Care Do You Incorporate In Your Routine?"

Our co-founder Mason thinks self care is cool because there is no right or wrong way to do it. It can look a million different ways to a million different people - it truly has to do with us knowing ourselves and what brings us happiness. For him right now, his self care routine is trying to go on one long walk a day (at least), watching movies, and ending everyday with a nice, healthy, home-cooked meal.

Our mental health lead Meadow likes to practice self care based on how she is feeling. Sometimes her anxiety can come up as racing thoughts and sometimes it feels more physical. So in turn, she will either do a coping strategy for her thoughts like meditate or something to combat the physical symptoms like a work out. She recommends making a list on your phone of self care activities you like when you're feeling good so that you have them ready to go on days when you need them most.

Especially during quarantine, Delilah Belle has made sure to keep up with her workouts and eat as healthiest as possible. This helps keep her clear and happy during this time. She suggests getting your body moving and flowing to help create a better mindset.

For Amelia Gray, it helps to wake up and do yoga first thing in the morning. She takes time for herself, at least an hour, with her coffee to be present and just have some alone time before she starts her day.

Mary Philips' meditates every morning for 10-20 minutes and by doing so has noticed a significant change in her mood.

Our friend Howie Kahn has been checking in with as many people as he can, create, write, make his podcast, tell important stories, and also staying home. Mental health and public health feels the same to him right now; so, no matter how badly he wants to get back into the world, he's not. Stay home and sane, and get help if you need it!

Maddie Ziegler has been trying to focus on stretching each morning to calm her mind and body. It helps her to release tension first thing in the morning to set her up feeling relax and calm to tackle her day.

Cameron Azoff likes to keep his mind busy by doing creative things like pottery, baking, or puzzles. Recently, he's been having fun researching and learning the process to make homemade sourdough. He says, "there is nothing better than feeling proud of something you did!"

Especially during this time, Cassius Stanley is making extra time to get outdoors when he can to walk the dog or jog to get outside and get fresh air. He's also been making sure to drink tons of water!

Bianca Finch has also been loving spending time outdoors and getting fresh air and sunlight to lift her mood. She also has been blasting music and dancing!

Our good friend Addison Rae's self care has been a work out, getting some sun, swimming, yoga, and stretching to take time to clear her mind.

May 2nd Question:

"What Is The Most Important Thing You Do To Take Care Of Your Mental Health?"

Our friend Ashley Tisdale said she starts every morning with a meditation! She uses an app and feels like it helps her a lot with her anxiety. By doing it in the morning before her day is started, it centers her before her anxiety has a chance to ramp up. She notices herself becoming less anxious and reactionary and instead, more present throughout her day.

Lilia has been prioritizing social distancing walks! They're an easy way to increase her happiness and decrease anxiety.

For Julie Schott it's spending time outside.

Our friend Maude Apatow admitted she is still trying to figure out what works best for her. Lately, it's been spending time with her cat, writing, meditating and trying to be kind to herself. She also loves The Untethered Soul (so do we)!

For Justine Marjan it's usually being active and getting outdoors. Since gyms are closed, she's been loving daily outside walks with her family to take the time to be present and away from her phone.

May 1st Question:

"What Does Mental Health Mean To You?"

Our friend Courtney from The JED Foundation said that to him, mental health is the most important part of our health and wellness. Our feelings and perspectives, and how we manage those things, impact all aspects of our lives: relationships, work, school, everything really.

Patrick Ta said that he felt a lot of anxiety and stress at the beginning of COVID-19. But, as the weeks went on, he focused on the positives over the negatives. Now, he realized this has been the first time in the past five years he has been home and his schedule has been open to what he wants to do. Patrick says he will come out of this more grounded, motivated, and a stronger version of himself.

Calum from 5 Seconds of Summer explained that mental health gives him an opportunity to know himself on a deeper level: spiritually, emotionally, and scientifically. To be able to understand the polarity of what mental health is and means, gives him the awareness of how other humans are feeling as well and be more compassionate to them.