Eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and avoiding harmful levels of alcohol and other drugs can help you keep your mental health on track, manage symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improve your overall wellbeing.
We all know that exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our health and wellbeing, but sometimes even with the best of intentions, exercise often slips to the bottom of the list.
Exercise has not only been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety, it is a proven method for combating stress.
Exercise isn’t just going to the gym or going for a run. There are many ways to become more active; alone, with others, with a trainer, classes, sports groups, outdoor activities, walking or riding to work – experiment and find what works best for you.
It can also be a great way to meet new people and help make social connections – another valuable way to help maintain good mental health.
"I feel amazing when I'm in a garden or I'm running because nothing comes in and nothing goes out. It's really a helpful and effective thing to do to stay well."
Remember that it could be something as simple as having a bath, reading, gardening or watching a movie. It's important to take time out for yourself to do something you enjoy. It may also be just putting away electronic devices for a set amount of time to get away from the outside world and any pressures or demands, or spending time with family or friends.