The Unwind is Yahoo Life’s well-being series in which experts, influencers and celebrities share their approaches to wellness and mental health, from self-care rituals to setting healthy boundaries to the mantras that keep them afloat.

“I believe wellness starts with self-love; you have to love yourself to take the steps to feel better,” actress, singer and mental health advocate Ashley Tisdale tells Yahoo Life. “Everyone struggles with something and to me, I’m always trying to tell people it’s good to be interested in yourself. You may find out things you may not like — but you’ll find out a lot of things you’ll love. And you’ll learn how to manage the things you don’t like!”

Working with a therapist is also important, but remains inaccessible to many. This winter, Tisdale is doing her part to remedy that problem by partnering with Amwell to launch “Mind Your Mind,” a new mental health initiative designed to raise awareness and help people schedule their first virtual therapy session for only $10. (Use coupon code ASHLEY10 from December 2021 to February 2022 to get the discount).

Ahead, Tisdale opens up about speaking out about her own mental health, practicing meditation and learning to juggle self-care with a new baby at home.

What’s your approach to mental health?

My approach is meditation — anything that helps me feel good and sets my day up really well.

Because you meditate, do you have a mantra?

I actually don’t have a mantra; I totally relate to people who don’t think they can’t meditate. It’s really just about trying and for me, specifically, I use apps for guided meditation to get into a deeper meditation. I’m a huge fan of 5- or 10-minute guided meditations, or even 20 minutes — which is rare these days with a new baby [laughs].

Tisdale's partnership with Mind Your Mind offers $10 therapy sessions. (Photo: Courtesy of Amwell/Mind Your Mind)

Congratulations on becoming a new mom. How are you taking care of yourself these days, and do you have any small self-care rituals that help you reset?

Yes! All the rituals [laughs]! I ground myself by creating rituals that make me feel good every day; I share these mood-changing tips on my blog, Frenshe. Some of it is opening the windows and doors or lighting candles — just letting the energy in the room change.

I think as a mom, it’s important to still take those moments. After the baby goes to sleep, I’ll take a bath and put on my favorite show. You definitely have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.

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