Five behaviors that contribute to good mental health
Pay attention to your sleep hygiene You need good quality sleep, and plenty of it. "Your bed is for two things: sleep and sex," said Dr. Traci Lowenthal of Creative Insights Counseling in Redlands. She recommends a relaxing bedtime routine, which means no screen time at least an hour before you turn in. The light from electronics like TVs, computers and phones stimulates you and tells your body it's time to be awake.
Get regular exercise "Regular exercise is as effective as anti-depressant medications, with no negative side effects," said Lowenthal. Then she pointed out the positive side effects, like physical health, which includes strength and weight loss.
Be social Don't neglect your social connections. Engage in your community. "Interact with people you trust and enjoy," said Lowenthal.
Eat right Good nutrition is important for mental health, and sometimes people try to cope with stress by turning to junk food or alcohol. "If your lunch is Diet Coke and chips, things are not good," Lowenthal said.
Monitor your media intake Social media and television news can contribute to anxiety, and sometimes the best thing you can do is turn it all off. "If you find you're anxious and worrying about it, it may be too much," said Lowenthal. "Get your news in the morning, not right before bed."
Creative Insights Counseling is at 18 State St., Suite 206 in Downtown Redlands