Maintaining Mental Wellness

Maintaining good mental health is important at any age. Here are 16 tips to help maintain good mental health:

   

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Can you adapt to change? Being flexible helps when situations in life change.

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Use it or lose it: Keep your mind and body active.

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Use caution when taking over-the-counter medications that suppress your mind, such as tranquilizers and sleeping aids.

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Keep appointments with your family physician on a regular basis.

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Do you have goals? Making goals and reaching toward them will help you remain positive about your life.

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Do you consider yourself a positive person? This attitude is important to good mental health.

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How's your funny bone? Laughter can help.

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Exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep each night.

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Don't isolate yourself if you can help it. For some, isolation and mental illness go hand-in-hand.

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Supportive relationships are important for good mental health. Build on your positive relationships as much as possible.

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Mental illness is treatable. Know the symptoms.

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Understand that treatment is available. Know where to get help when needed.

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There's a community mental health provider near you. Identify it before you need it.

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Do you know how to refer someone for help? Prepare yourself before you need to act.

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Know where to go to get advice.

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Understand that if you seek help, you have rights. Know your rights as a consumer of mental health services.

 

Maintaining good mental health is ongoing. For those who need help, it’s important to know that help is available … and acceptable.


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Maintaining Mental Wellness

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