Article written by City of Riverside University Health Systems.
•Connect with others. Spend more time with family members and friends, and develop new relationships by taking classes, doing volunteer work or joining a club that interests you.
•Stay positive. Learn to avoid negative thought patterns and focus on feeling grateful for the positive things in your life.
•Be physically active. Strive for 30 minutes of daily moderate aerobic activity, and squeeze in additional exercise by playing with your children or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
•Help others. In addition to looking for volunteer opportunities, do little things like smiling at a stranger or holding the elevator for a co-worker.
•Get enough sleep. Being tired and having low energy affects every aspect of your life.
•Create joy and satisfaction. Read humorous books, do something you enjoyed as a child or treat yourself to a massage.
•Eat well. Choose a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins, while minimizing saturated fats, salt and added sugars.
•Take care of your spirit. Join a religious institution, pray regularly or learn to meditate. Look for the good in yourself and others.
•Deal better with hard times. When you have an upsetting experience, try writing about it to organize your thoughts. When faced with a problem, make a list of possible solutions and consider the merits of each.
•Get professional help if you need it. Visit your city's website to explore helpful resources in your community.
•Pursuing overall wellness can help people cope with mental health challenges and is a vital part in the road to recovery.
•Speak Up. Ask for help and get on the path to true wellness.
Closing Quote: "You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath, let go, and see what happens." By Mandy Hale