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Mental health is critical to your wellbeing and refers to your general psychological and emotional status. Mental health contributes to the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to navigate feelings and deal with difficult situations.

Everyone experiences mental or emotional health problems but learning how to cope is essential in ensuring that you regulate your mental health as best possible.   

The following tips can help you elevate your mood, become more resilient and enjoy life more:

1. Create positive social connections 

In a time where everything is going digital, quality face-to-face time with other people should continue to be a priority. These sorts of connections can boost your mood and contribute to quality relationships with others. 

2. Maintain an active lifestyle

Staying active is important for your entire body. Maintaining a consistent exercise or workout routine can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health, relieve stress, improve memory, and help you sleep better.

3. Nourish your body 

Foods that can support your mood include fatty fish rich in omega-3s, nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews and peanuts), avocados, beans, leafy greens (spinach, kale and Brussels sprouts), and fresh fruit such as blueberries. Drink plenty of water. 

4. Get enough sleep

Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences on overall health including mental health outcomes. One way to get sleep better is to take a break from the stimulation of screens — TV,  phones, tablets or computers — in the hour before bedtime.

5. Find purpose and meaning 

Finding a life goal, purpose or meaningful contribution looks different for everyone. The positive effect of having that purpose will be significant on your mental health. 

6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you or a loved one needs more support from a trained professional, there are many resources that are available to you. Don’t be afraid to reach out!

7. Volunteer

Volunteer your time and energy to help someone else. You’ll feel good about doing something tangible to help someone in need — and it’s a great way to meet new people. 

8. Try something new and exciting

A monotonous routine can contribute to a depressed mental health status. Trying a new hobby or activity or taking a vacation to a new place can provide an alternative that 

9. Avoid toxicities such as alcohol and other drugs

For best mental health, keep alcohol and drug use to a minimum. Self-medication is a real thing and often can contribute to an unbalanced mental health status. Detoxing can be a great way to reset. 

10. Quiet your mind

Try meditating, mindfulness and/or prayer. Relaxation exercises and prayer can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy.