World Mental Health Day is observed each year on Oct. 10, with the overall intention of raising awareness of mental health issues, reducing stigma and rallying support of better mental health across the globe. It is important, however, to take care of your mental health every day of the year. Taking steps to be mindful of your mental health can be easier than you think. Check out these tips that you can try today to help you maximize opportunities for positive mental and emotional wellness.

  • Unplug from social media and the 24/7 news cycle.
  • Have a work/life balance. Unplug from work. Staying connected 24/7 with our devices can wreak havoc on our mental well being. On weekends, turn off email alerts.
  • Exercise. Stay physically healthy. Whether that means running a marathon or doing 30 minutes of yoga, do what works for you. There is a proven strong connection between mental and physical health.
  • Dedicate time to something that makes you happy. Find a hobby for yourself. Walk the dog, read a book, volunteer.
  • Surround yourself with a positive support network. Build relationships with people, such as a spouse, best friend or a colleague. We are social beings; we require human connections.
  • Learn something new. You could take a college course or a cooking class. You need to mentally stimulate your mind on a regular basis. Read a book and learn new facts or a new skill. Don’t stay stagnant.
  • Give back to someone else. The world needs more kindness and we all have a part to play. That could be volunteering for a non-profit organization or going to lunch with a difficult co-worker.
  • Recognize the signs. Be in tune with yourself. Don’t repress negative feelings. It’s okay to have feelings – don’t think you have to fit into a mold of what other people expect. When you stumble, it’s not a failure, it’s a lesson. Don’t worry about failing. We all do it. Bounce back.
  • Everyone is fighting a battle that you cannot see. Be kind. You never know what someone is dealing with and kindness goes a long way. Remember, we all have battles and we are in the same boat together. Don’t judge a book by its cover.
  • Take a few intentional minutes each day just for yourself. No phone, no TV, no distractions. For some people that means meditation, for some it just means sitting quietly and processing the day’s events. Find what works for you, everyone has different needs.