Here’s to Bet­ter Mind Health

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• Talk­ing about your feel­ings can help you stay in good men­tal health and deal with times when you feel trou­bled.

• Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can boost your self­es­teem and can help you con­cen­trate, sleep, and look and feel bet­ter. Ex­er­cise keeps the brain and your other vi­tal or­gans healthy, and is also a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to­wards im­prov­ing your men­tal health.

• Your brain needs a mix of nu­tri­ents in order to stay healthy and func­tion well, just like the other or­gans in your body. A diet that’s good for your phys­i­cal health is also good for your men­tal health.

• We of­ten drink al­co­hol to change our mood. Some peo­ple drink to deal with fear or lone­li­ness, but the ef­fect is only tem­po­rary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse be­cause of the way the al­co­hol has af­fected your brain and the rest of your body. Drink­ing is not a good way to man­age dif­fi­cult feel­ings.

• There’s noth­ing bet­ter than catch­ing up with some­one face to face, but that’s not al­ways pos­si­ble. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them on­line in­stead. Keep the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open: it’s good for you!

• None of us are su­per­hu­man. We all some­times get tired or over­whelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are get­ting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your fam­ily or friends may be able to of­fer prac­ti­cal help or a lis­ten­ing ear.

• A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your men­tal health. It could be a fiveminute pause from clean­ing your kitchen, a halfhour lunch break at work, or a week­end ex­plor­ing some­where new. A few min­utes can be enough to de-stress you. Give your­self some ‘my time’.

• What do you love do­ing? What ac­tiv­i­ties can you lose your­self in? What did you love do­ing in the past? En­joy­ing your­self can help beat stress. Do­ing an ac­tiv­ity you en­joy prob­a­bly means you’re good at it, and achiev­ing some­thing boosts your self-es­teem

• We’re all dif­fer­ent. It’s much health­ier to ac­cept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like some­one else. Feel­ing good about your­self boosts your con­fi­dence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self­es­teem helps you cope when life takes a dif­fi­cult turn.

• Car­ing for oth­ers is of­ten an im­por­tant part of keep­ing up re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple close to you. It can even bring you closer to­gether.

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