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5 Ways to Support Your Mental Health, Psychologist Says

The stigma surrounding mental health continues to melt away, slowly but surely, with each new generation. This allows people to seek help and develop the tools needed to cope with feelings of stress, anxiousness, isolation, and other mental health needs. What people may not be as aware of is that this type of support may also benefit the immune system.*

This isn’t the first (and certainly won’t be the last) time we discuss the inextricable link between mental and physical well-being. But in case you need a refresher, read on.

5 ways to support your mental well-being:

1. Exercise

A study published in the Frontiers in Physiology found that regular exercise is associated with emotional resilience in adults. Physical exercise also releases feel-good hormones, called endorphins, which help enhance mood.

2. Smart supplements

Taking targeted supplements for relaxation and calm can help ease everyday stress.* You can find our favorite science-backed supplements for dealing with stress, here.*

3. Good sleep hygiene

Creating a soothing bedtime routine, sticking to a regular sleep schedule, and keeping the phone out of the bedroom are just a few tips sleep experts swear by for getting some quality Zzzs.

4. Consume brain-healthy nutrients

The field of nutritional psychiatry says that the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats, etc.) that you consume have a direct impact on your mood. Eating diets rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and healthy fats has been shown to promote better mental health in adults.

5. Tend to your immune system.

As mentioned before, sleep and immunity have a bidirectional relationship: If your immune system isn't functioning optimally, that can impact your ability to get high quality sleep. And as clinical psychologist Nicole Beurkens, Ph.D., CNS, said during an episode of the mbg podcast: “sleep is one of the most underrecognized, underappreciated using factors for mental health.”

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Bottom Line

Stress impacts sleep, which impacts immune function, which impacts sleep...and so on. Caring for both your body and your mind is vital for sustained well-being, and these five tips may help.

Originally published: Mind body Green

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