Taking good care of yourself is a powerful way to get a hold on and maintain your emotional and mental health. Your mind and body have a strong connection; this is one of the reasons why when you develop your physical health, you will automatically experience greater emotional and mental well-being. Daily choices as well as the activities that you engage in can greatly affect the way you feel emotionally and physically. The following are some tips that will strengthen you mind-body connection and improve your overall health.

Get Adequate Rest- In order to maintain good emotional and mental health, the first thing that you need to do is to take good care of yourself, especially your body. Having enough rest and getting adequate hours of sleep is highly recommended, especially with teenagers. Individuals need 7-8 hours of sleep every night to function optimally. If you have enough hours of sleep, you can be sure that you are one step closer to your optimal health.

Eat Well- You need to learn how to have a well-balanced diet. Many people are unaware of how large of a role nutrition actually plays in our moods and our mental health. It may be difficult for you to follow this diet in the beginning but it will surely pay off in the long run.

Exercise- Regular exercise will not just strengthen your lungs and heart, it also has the potential to release endorphins within your body. Endorphins are powerful chemicals that are responsible for energizing the body as well as lifting the mood of people. According to studies, exercise is considered to be a powerful antidote for depression, anxiety and stress. You can look for simple ways that you can add exercise into your daily activities such as taking the stairs instead of using the elevator or you can also go on short walks. It only takes 30 minutes of daily exercise to see benefits.

Get a Small Dose of Sunlight- Sunlight has the ability to lift your mood. The best thing that you can do is to get a small dose of sunlight each day for about 10-15 minutes. This can also be done while you are socializing, gardening and exercising.

Limit Alcohol and Tobacco- Apart from drinking alcohol, it is also important to avoid using drugs and cigarettes. These are well known stimulants that have the ability to let your feel good for a short period of time, however they have long term negative effects, especially for your emotional health and mood.