Mental health is massively important and in an age where added social pressures causes great levels of stress and anxiety its so so important that we take time to ensure we look after out mental health. Here are my top tips. Value yourself: Treat yourself with kindness and respect, and avoid self-criticism. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons. Do a daily crossword puzzle, plant a garden, take dance lessons, learn to play an instrument or become fluent in another language. MAKE TIME FOR YOU. Take care of your body: Taking care of yourself physically can improve your mental health. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, Avoid cigarettes and alcohol, Drink plenty of water, Exercise, which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods, Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students. Surround yourself with good people: People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends, or seek out activities where you can meet new people, such as a club, class or support group. Learn how to deal with stress: Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills:, take a walk, we live in the most beautiful surrounding – go use it. Play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress. Quiet your mind: Try meditating, and practicing Mindfulness . Relaxation exercises can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. In fact, research shows that meditation may help you feel calm and enhance the effects of therapy. I thought meditation was a load of nonsense until practicing it as of late to improve sleep quality and keep stress at bay and its incredible. I downloaded an app called CALM and I spend 5-10 mins daily just focusing on breathing and all the days stresses just drift away. Set realistic goals. Decide what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally, and write down the steps you need to realize your goals. Aim high, but be realistic and don’t over-schedule. You’ll enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal Break up the monotony: Although our routines make us more efficient and enhance our feelings of security and safety, a little change of pace can perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your jogging route, plan a road-trip, take a walk in a different park, hang some new pictures or try a new restaurant.