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What is mental health?

A state of well-being in which a person knows their abilities, how they handle stressors in their life, and the ability to work productively. 

Failure to prioritize mental health can lead to stress induced mental disorders such as anxiety and depression

Ways to take care of mental health

  • Value yourself 

  • Talk about your feelings

  • Eat a nutritious diet

  • Participate in physical activity ​

  • Manage stress levels

  • Learn relaxation techniques

  • Make social connections and surround yourself with good people

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol

Positive effects of taking care of mental health

  • Increase self-esteem

  • Reduced anxiety & depression

  • Decrease stress

  • Reduce brain fog (not being able to focus or remember things)

  • Improve cognitive function

  • Improve mood

Exercises that help your mental health

  • Swimming

  • Walking around neighborhood

  • Hiking

  • Dancing

  • Group exercise classes (yoga, kickboxing)

  • Running

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