We all know that regular exercise, a balanced diet, and getting the right amount of sleep can help to maintain our physical health. But what can you do to help maintain your mental health? There are plenty of things! We’d like to share some of our favorite ways to maintain balance for your mental health. You’ve heard the golden rule to “treat others the way you’d like them to treat you.” Don’t forget to treat yourself the same way. Don’t be overly harsh or critical of yourself. You are a valuable individual and your interests are valid, so take time to do the things that make you happy whether it’s spending time with those you love or pursuing a hobby or interest. It’s also important to surround yourself with good people who truly care about it. Build relationships by spending time with the people you care about who also care about you. If you’re looking to build new friendships and relationships, you can meet new people at classes, groups or support groups such as the ones we offer at OneEighty. It’s also very important for mental health to cope with stress in healthy ways, such as exercise, meditation, talking with a loved one, and seeking therapy or counseling. Dealing with stress in unhealthy ways such as drugs and alcohol will only make things worse and add to your stress in the end. And finally, just as a physician or personal trainer can help you with physical help, there are professionals who can help maintain your mental health. We offer many mental health services; you can learn more about them here.