carefree-man-laying-in-grass-iStock-2x3When it comes to your overall health, keeping tabs on your mental health is just as important as getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Your mental health can affect every aspect of your life. If you’re struggling in this area, whether it be from anxiety, depression or self-image, just to name a few, you may find yourself struggling elsewhere in your life. Maybe it causes you to have trouble sleeping (or sleep too much). Maybe you have no motivation to exercise and eat healthy. Or maybe you begin to isolate yourself from others.

We all experience low points in our lives. Before you get down too far, try these tips to boost your mental wellness:

1. Value Yourself

The University of Michigan student health center points out how important it is to respect yourself. You may have heard this before, but be kind to yourself. Remember, we all make mistakes. We all have bad days. Don’t be so hard on yourself that you can’t recover from a bad day. Make time every day to do something you enjoy. Then you’ll always have something to look forward to in your day.

2. Maintain Good Hygiene

It may seem obvious, but as Mental Health America explains, it’s “important for social, medical and psychological reasons in that it not only reduces the risk of illness, but it also improves the way others view you and how you view yourself.” So make sure you shower regularly and brush and floss your teeth twice a day. It’s amazing how much clean teeth can make you feel so good!

3. Exercise

The Mayo Clinic recommends exercising as a way to keep your mental health up. Even if it’s a light activity such as gardening or walking, exercise can go a long way to keep your mind sharp. It can manage symptoms associated with depression and anxiety.  Find an activity you enjoy and make it part of your daily routine.

Remember, good mental health is one of the keys to overall happiness in life. When you’re mentally healthy, you’re better prepared for anything that may come your way, and you’re better prepared to help those around you who made need it, too.