According to the American Psychological Association, mental health is “a state of mind characterized by emotional well-being, good behavioral adjustment, and relative freedom from anxiety and disabling symptoms.” The Association also notes that the ability to deal with life’s demands and maintain productive relationships are good steps towards protecting and improving our mental health, so what are the tips on how to protect your mental health?

 Value yourself:

Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument, or become fluent in another language.

Take care of yourself physically:

Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to:

  • Eat healthily
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink lots of water
  • Exercise often – helps decrease anxiety and moodiness
  • Get enough sleep 

Be surrounded by the right people:

The company that you keep will have an enormous impact on your mental health. This is why it’s critical to make sure the people around you are supportive, positive, and good for you. Being around the wrong people can contribute to mental illness and also invite additional problems into your life.

Do the people around you inspire or drain you? Do they encourage and push you to be better? The answers to these questions will play a role and determining your mental health.

Tips on how to protect your mental health

Set realistic goals:

Decide what you want to achieve and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic, and don’t overload yourself. You’ll enjoy an awesome sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

Don’t be afraid to seek help:

Seeking help is a sign of strength — not a weakness. People who get appropriate care have a greater chance of recovering from mental illness. Don’t hold back, don’t keep quiet. Seek help when you need it.



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