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We all know eating well and exercising are good for our physical health, but what can you do to keep yourself mentally healthy? Here are some tips to boost your emotional wellbeing.

1. Talk about your feelings

If you’re struggling with difficult emotions, sharing them with someone you trust can lift a big weight off your shoulders. They may be able to reassure you and help you get things in perspective.

2. Stay connected

You may not feel like spending time with your friends and loved ones when you’re depressed or anxious, but it’s worth making the effort when you can. Healthy relationships will boost your mood, confidence and brain power, so try planning a regular meetup, call or text chat, and remember nobody will hate you if you show up late, leave early, or seem out of sorts. 

3. Keep active

Regular exercise is good for your mind as well as your body! It releases endorphins that make you feel happy and positive, and can also relieve stress and anxiety and help you sleep better.

4. Eat well

Healthy eating is another one that’s healthy for your mind and body. What you eat has a massive impact on how you feel. A healthy balanced diet can improve your mood, energy and concentration, plus the act of cooking something delicious from scratch can be therapeutic in itself.

5. Have a break

Downtime is crucial to your mental health, especially when you’re busy. Put aside a bit of time each day to rest or do something purely for pleasure. You’ll be able to concentrate better and think more clearly as a result, so you’ll get the time back in increased productivity.

6. Give back

Doing something for others can boost your self-esteem and happiness, whether it’s by volunteering, raising money for a good cause or helping a friend.

7. Accept yourself

We’ve all wished we could be more like someone else, but when you accept yourself as the unique person you are, you’ll gain a better sense of self, more confidence, and healthier relationships. Self-acceptance doesn’t happen overnight, but you can start by writing down three things you like about yourself.  

8. Have fun

Being responsible is important–but so is having fun. Real fun, not the sad guilty pleasures we “enjoy” when we’re procrastinating. Plan a trip out or a cosy night in with a good book or movie to look forward to at the end of your week. You’ll find you have much more motivation to get your tasks done when they’re not the only thing in your life.

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