In our fast paced world the one person we often neglect is ourselves. We are so busy taking care of others, dealing with the stress of a job and family life that we forget to take a break from the chaos and nourish our physical and mental health.

We all have problems. Sometimes, we need a little help solving them. Everyone faces stress at one time or another and none of us can cope with all life’s challenges on our own.

May is National Mental Health Month and the Swanson Center and National Mental Health America are offering 10 tips to living well.

• Connect with others — your family, friends and co-workers all can help you bust stress and help you boost your well-being

• Stay positive — thinking negatively can drag down our moods, our actions and even our health

• Get physically active — exercise can lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep, increase your energy and decrease stress, anger and tension

• Help others — research has found that people who help others often live longer because they experience greater calm, better health and less depression

• Get enough sleep — without enough sleep, people are at a greater risk of depression and anxiety. A good night’s sleep helps you to be able to function so that you can succeed at your daily tasks and you will enjoy a sense of a greater well-being

• Create joy and satisfaction — experts say that a good laugh and experiencing joy can increase your ability to bounce back from stress and lowers depression

• Eat well — when you eat well, you function well. Your immune system is improved, you boost your energy and you may be able to avoid certain diseases

• Take care of your spirit — spirituality can provide a better sense of purpose and meaning in your life and reminds us of the good in the world.

• Deal better with hard times — develop coping skills. Individuals with stronger coping skills impact are less stress and better health after dealing with large issues

• Get professional help if you need it — not everyone can do it alone. If your problems seem to large for you to handle, you might want to seek professional help

Fortunately, Swanson Center is here for you when things get tough. For more than 45 years, our dedicated community mental and behavioral health staff has been serving people in La Porte County. For more information, please contact the Swanson Center at 879-0676 or 219-362-2145 or visit www.SwansonCenter.org.

This article is produced by the staff of Swanson Center.

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