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  • Susan J. Leviton

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

And the best place to start is with yourself!

Spring is here, socializing is a thing again, and activities are back! So here are a few ideas for taking care of yourself and having fun:

Try a yoga or meditation class.

Learn something new, like cooking, painting, martial arts, writing, or gardening.

Get outdoors--walk, bike, swim, play pickle ball, climb a rock, go sailing.

Start something new--a book club, a weekly luncheon, a senior basketball team

Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while. Better yet, if they live nearby, do something together. (Get your nails done, go to karaoke, go to a farmer's market, go to a fair, take a class together.)

Volunteer--help the environment, or the hungry, or children, or animals...

(Having purpose in life is vital to our mental health.)

For those of you who are struggling and may need some extra help, don't deny yourself therapy. Start by asking your health insurance company for referrals. If you don't find what you need there, you can check out these sites:

Los Angeles County Psychological Association

Psychology Today

Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association

Los Angeles County Dept. of Mental Health

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

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