Five tips for maintaining your mental health

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 Mental health refers to a person’s psychological and emotional well-being. It is essential to your overall health and quality of life. It influences how you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to deal with difficulties and stress. Anyone can experience sadness, anxiety, and stress, but those with strong mental health are more resilient.

“People with strong mental health are better able to bounce back from adversity,” says William Holmes, Manager of Mental Health Services at McLaren Port Huron. “Those who are mentally and emotionally resilient have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintain a positive outlook in both difficult and good times.”

Here are 5 tips that can help you elevate your mood, become more resilient and enjoy life.
1. Find purpose and meaning in your life. Find things that make you feel happy, productive, and useful, and do them regularly. This is different for everyone. Some activities you can try include volunteering, taking a class, spending time with those important to you, and caring for others.
2. Stay active. Staying active is as good for the brain as it is the body. It boosts your self-esteem, and helps you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. You don’t have to visit the gym to stay active. Taking a walk, gardening, or playing with your kids can keep you active.
3. Reflect on the positive. Take some time each day to contemplate and pay attention to the positive things happening in your life – even the small things. Write them down in a journal so you can reflect on them if your mood needs a boost.
4. Try a relaxation practice. Relaxation practices such as yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and breathing exercises can help reduce feelings of stress and improve your state of mind.
5. Eat healthy and stay hydrated. A balanced diet and plenty of water can improve your energy and focus. Limit caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

If you are struggling with your mental health, find support. Reaching out to a friend, family member, primary care physician, counselor, or mental health professional can help.