Tools For Maintaining Your Mental Health

Mental health IS health. It includes your emotional, psychological, and social well-being and impacts how you think, feel, act, and relate to others. These tools can play an important role in maintaining positive mental health and support mental health treatment and recovery if you have a mental health condition.

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  • Eat well
    • Eating well helps you function well. It also can: boost your energy and mood, fuel your brain, lower the risk of developing certain diseases, etc.
  • Help others
    • Helping others may help you feel less depressed, more calm, increase your happiness, helps you feel connected and needed, and adds purpose to your life.
  • Get enough sleep
    • Getting enough, good quality sleep can help decrease the risk for depression and anxiety, decrease risks of certain diseases, improve your memory, and generally improve your feelings of well-being.
  • Connect with others
    • We often turn to our friends and loved ones for support, especially during times of stress, which can increase happiness, lower blood pressure, help you feel supported and valued, and help you live longer.
  • Be physically active
    • Exercise can help prevent heart disease and high blood pressure, lower risk for certain diseases, improve sleep and increase energy, decrease your levels of stress, anger, tension, anxiety, depression, as well as improve your feelings of well-being.
  • Focus on the positive
    • Thinking negative thoughts can impact your mood, actions, and even physical health. Focus on the positive as much as possible.
  • Find joy in your life
    • Finding joy and happiness can help decrease pain, stress, and anxiety, as well as build emotional strength.
  • Use coping skills during hard times
    • We all experience times of extra stress, but having coping skills can help you feel less stressed, depressed, and help you manage the stressful time.
  • Get professional help if you need it
    • Never be afraid to ask for help. If your mental health concerns are keeping you from functioning or feeling good, professional help can make a big difference.

If you or someone you know is in crisis now, get help immediately by calling a 24-hour crisis center at 988 or if it’s an emergency, dial 911.

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