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5 things you can do for your mental health

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Value yourself: Be kind to yourself. That means treating yourself with kindness and respect and not giving in to self-criticism. It also means making time to do things you enjoy - even small activities can brighten your day, like doing a daily crossword or learning to play an instrument.

Graphics by Murat Yukselir/Text adapted from University Health Service/University of Michigan

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Surround yourself with good people: Having a strong support network can mean better health. Those with strong family and social connections tend to be healthier than those without. Stay connected to family members and friends and make an effort to reach out to new people by signing up for a class or joining a club.

Graphics by Murat Yukselir/Text adapted from University Health Service/University of Michigan

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Quiet your mind: Taking time to find calm through relaxation exercises or prayer can enhance the effects of therapy.

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Break up the monotony: Routines can be comforting and make us feel secure. But mixing things up can keep things from getting boring. It can be as easy as making a change to your jogging route or trying a new restaurant.

Graphics by Murat Yukselir/Text adapted from University Health Service/University of Michigan

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Get help when you need it: Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Getting the right care can help people dealing with mental illness and substance abuse disorders lead full lives.

Graphics by Murat Yukselir/Text adapted from University Health Service/University of Michigan

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