Tips for Positive Mental Health

(Courtesy of York University’s Adolescent Psychology Study)

  1. Get a good night’s sleep!
    • Keep your body and mind in top shape
    • Be equipped to deal with stressors
  2. Learn to relax
    • Learn simple breathing exercises and then use them in challenging situations
    • Build time into your own schedule for activities that are calming and fun
  3. Treat your body well
    • Get moving! Exercise helps manage stress
    • Eat well to help your body function at its best. Under stressful conditions, the body needs vitamins and minerals more than ever
    • Routine, routine, routine! Sleep and eat at regular times
  4. Watch what you’re thinking
    • Learn to think more optimistically and reap the benefits
    • Learn to rethink how you view negative situations- look at them as opportunities to grow
  5. Solve the little problems
    • Strengthen your sense of control in challenging situations
    • Look at a problem, figure out options, and take some action. Adopt the motto: Just do it.
    • Build the inner confidence to move on to life’s bigger problems
  6. Build your resilience
    • See change as challenging and normal
    • See setbacks as temporary and solvable
    • You’ll succeed if you keep working toward your goals
    • Take action to solve problems
    • Have a support system and ask for help
    • Participate in activities for relaxation and fun