The way we treat ourselves and each other is an essential foundation for our mental health. There are a number of ways to improve your mental health, including talking about or expressing your feelings, exercising regularly, eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, spending time with friends and loved ones, developing new skills and relaxing and enjoying your hobbies.
By undertaking these actions you can improve your physical health too!
Four factors considered to contribute to our mental health are:
- Having good friends to talk problems over with
- Having the opportunity to have control over one’s life
- Keeping one’s mind active
- Physical activity
The Act-Belong-Commit program helps people to build positive mental health strategies by keeping physically, mentally and socially active (Act); by keeping involved in family and community activities and participating in community events (Belong); and by taking on challenges or causes that provide meaning and purpose in their lives (Commit).