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Mental Health is important

Mental health is important. It's a part of your overall health, and it's not something that you should ignore or push aside. When you're sick or injured, you go to the doctor for help. When someone is suffering from a mental illness, they should see a medical professional too.

As we know, there are many types of mental health problems, like anxiety or depression. The good news is that many can be treated with therapy. A brief list of ways that may help you start improving your mental health is mentioned below. Try to incorporate some of these recommendations into your life (Be realistic with yourself). We know it is difficult to do all of them every day.


Here are some ways you can improve your mental health. There are many things that we can do to improve our mental health, but they all begin with a healthy lifestyle.

1) Exercise

Exercise can help with stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep. It can also help your memory and focus. Getting out of the house will give you a chance to clear your mind by doing something different.

If you don't have time for a full workout session, try doing some stretches instead! Stretching is relaxing and might even make you feel better faster than jogging on the treadmill. Stretching can be done anywhere and is easy to do.

2) Medication

Medication may be able to help if you have a mental health issue, but it's important to remember that medication is not the only way of treating depression and anxiety. People who practice meditation or other forms of self-care can often find that these methods are just as or even more effective than medication in helping them deal with their symptoms.

Medication should also be used with caution. While medication can help people overcome mental health issues, they can also cause side effects like weight gain and fatigue. It always comes to the risk and benefits of the medication. It is a personal preference whether to take them or not.

3) Diet


  • Try to Avoid fast food, and consume lots of vegetables. Also try to avoid processed foods, refined sugars, and alcohol.

  • Eat breakfast every day. The first meal of the day is vitally important.

  • Eat lunch at work if you can. If not, pack one. Don't skip out on eating altogether!

  • Drink water and eat healthy snacks throughout the day.

  • Make sure to eat dinner too!

4) Sleep

Sleep is really important for our physical and mental health. It’s when our bodies repair themselves. Our brains consolidate memories and learn new things.

We all need different amounts of sleep depending on age, genetics, and lifestyle factors like diet or exercise level. How much sleep we need is debatable. Only you know what works best for you.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get Five to seven hours of sleep each night for optimal health, but we all know it can be hard to achieve that many hours of sleep on a consistent basis. Even if you get the recommended amount of sleep, it matters how much REM sleep you get throughout the night. Not just the overall time you spend sleeping. These recommendations should be taken with caution.

5) Social connection

Social connection is also an important factor for mental health. A sense of belonging and being connected to others can help mental health improve.

This connection can be achieved through family, friends or community. Connecting with other people builds trust and reduces anxiety, even when the world seems overwhelming. Keep topics light with people you just met. Everyone has an opinion and may give advice where it is not needed.

Below are some ways to maintain social connections:

  • Invite someone over for dinner or coffee. It's a chance to share your life with someone new in an intimate setting.

  • Join a club or sports team. Find something that interests you (cooking class? volunteer work?), then meet others interested in doing the same thing!

  • Volunteer together. Research local organizations who need help getting their message out in the public (this might be through writing articles on their website), giving tours at their office space, etc.).


If you’re struggling with mental health issues, it can be tough to know where to start. But remember that you don’t have to do everything at once. Start small and take baby steps toward better self-care. Mental illness is unique for every person and requires an individualized approach that might include some or all of these strategies. Please do not give up if these recommendations don't work for you. Others will. It's just a matter of finding what works for you. If you have other ideas or recommendations, please contact us. 


The founder of EDL personally knows how far help can go. In the middle of law school, 2010, he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. He had to relearn how to do the most basic activities like walking or talking. With self determination and help from therapy and the department of assistive and rehabilitative services (DARS), he graduated law school and created this nonprofit. Without help, he firmly believes things would have turned out much different. That is why EDL wants to help. We know firsthand how much of a difference it makes.

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  1. I agree mental health is important, but some of these suggestions I just can’t do anymore. It is too much effort at my age to physically work out. Plus some of my medications cause me to be to tired to do anything. Does anyone else have this problem?

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