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Making mental health a priority

Taking care of your mental health can help you feel happier and more fulfilled in life. Even when things seem okay on the outside, you might be feeling anxious, sad, or lonely inside. It’s important to pay attention to these feelings and make your mental health a priority. Try the following tips to move from “just getting by” to feeling happier, hopeful, and connected.

Prioritize self-care by engaging in activities that nurture your well-being, such as practicing mindfulness, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed.

Keep your mind occupied. Participate in a hobby, read a book, learn a new skill, listen to music—anything to stimulate your brain.

Make exercise a habit. Regular physical activity can enhance both your mental and physical health.

Strive for better sleep. Getting adequate sleep is crucial for maintaining overall well-being and stable moods.

Eat nutritious (and delicious!) foods. A balanced diet is essential to provide the right fuel for your body and mind.

Maintain and strengthen relationships. Building strong social connections can boost emotional resilience and ensure that you have valuable support.

Plan stress-free activities to enjoy during your downtime. If you like reading, working on a hobby, going on walks, or trying new restaurants, build those things into your free time. In addition, incorporating relaxation practices—like meditation or journaling—into your routine can help reduce stress and improve mental focus.

Consider what makes you feel anxious, sad, or lonely, and avoid it. For example, being mindful of negative news exposure or curtailing your social media use may help you protect your mental health.

Rethink your drinking habits. Limiting or avoiding alcohol can help prevent negative impacts on your mood and mental well-being.

Pay close attention to symptoms. Consistently feeling sad, irritable, or hopeless could be depression. The difference between depression and feeling down is how severe the symptoms are and how long they last.

Know that anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues are treatable. Counseling, medication, and/or lifestyle changes could make all the difference in your life.

Prioritizing your mental health, doing things that make you feel good, and seeking help when you need it can all lead to positive changes in your life.