How to Preserve and Strengthen Your Mental Health

  1. Connect with others. Research suggests that social connection fights stress, promotes health and can lengthen one’s life. To connect with others try to create new ties, strengthen existing relationships and join support groups.
  2. Stay positive. Research suggests that thinking negatively can affect mood, actions and health. You can stay positive by fostering optimism, practicing gratitude and by not dwelling on worries and self-criticism.
  3. Get physically active. Research suggests that exercise helps prevent heart disease, immune system problems, eases pain and improves mood.
  4. Help others. Research indicates that those who help experience less depression, are calmer and enjoy better health.
  5. Get enough sleep. Research shows that poor sleep is linked to greater risk of depression and anxiety, increased risk of heart disease and stroke and greater likelihood of accidents. Tips for improving sleep includes regular bedtime, watching caffeine intake, sleep medications and getting help for insomnia.
  6. Create joy and satisfaction. Research suggests that positive feelings can support resiliency, boost ones ability to solve problems and help fight disease. Tips for creating joy and satisfaction include humor, music, arts, nature, massage and other relaxation techniques.
  7. Eat well. Research indicates that the right foods can boost energy, lower the risk of developing certain diseases, provide fuel to your brain and counteract the impact of stress on one’s body.
  8. Take care of your spirit. Research suggests that religious beliefs, practice and attending services combat stress and may help fight disease.
  9. Deal better with hard times. Research studies found that people who problem-solved in a stressful situation felt less depressed and those who focused on the positives in their lives suffered less from painful memories.
  10. Get professional help if you need it. Treatment is effective. 80 percent of people treated for depression improve.

source: Mental Health America

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