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Mental Wellness Tips to maintain a healthy mind and body

Staying mentally and physically fit, takes work and requires an investment of time. Taking control of your life is the foundation for stress management and a healthier you. Below are ten tips that will help you manage and reduce stress.

1. Get plenty of Sleep – Besides exercising and eating well, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep, preferably eight hours of un-interrupted sleep.

2. Learn to Relax – Make yourself take a break. Sometimes it is hard for people to do that when they are constantly on the go, but your body needs time to relax.

3. Laugh – Nothing makes you feel better about yourself or the world around you than a good laugh. It’s great medicine!

4. Do something for others – Doing things for others is a great pick-me-up when you’re felling down. Helping, a friend, family or a community organization can make you fell included and empowered.

5. Nurture Friendships – particularly during the winter months, it’s easy to stay inside and not interact or communicate with others. Schedule short coffee or lunch dates, movies or shopping excursions.

6. Avoid unnecessary Stress – It’s easy to become overwhelmed at times due to various expectations of a household, family, friends and employer. Understand your stressors and make the appropriate changes to your lifestyle and your time.

7. Make Time for fun – Make time for leisure activities that bring you joy, whether it be reading, watching a movie, connecting with others or taking a bath.

8. Incorporate Physical Activity – Keeping your body active and physically strong, provide benefits for your mental well-being as it plays a role in reducing and preventing stress. Remember to make time for yourself. Shoot for 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.

9. Eat Healthy – Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to cope with stress. Start each day with breakfast, preferably whole grain cereals and fruit and maintain balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day.

10. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and drugs – Self medicating with alcohol, cigarettes and drugs may provide easy escapes from mood swings and stressors. If you’re having emotional problems and you need support, ask for it. Or seek help.

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