We all know what having a healthy body means: you are not sick and your body functions the way it should. Mental health  is about having a healthy mind.

When you are mentally healthy, you

enjoy your life​
are capable of
making choices
you can deal
with setbacks
are able to
handle stress
you have
pleasant contact
with others

Check your breathing. Especially when you are very stressed, scared or angry. Try to breathe in calmly: in through your nose and out through your mouth. This helps you cope with the emotion and helps your body and mind relax again.

Sleep well. Sleep is how our body and mind recharge. We also produce chemicals in our sleep that help manage our moods and emotions.

Eating fresh and healthy foods is important for our bodies, but for our minds as well. When we don’t get enough of certain vitamins or minerals, it may give us a low mood.

Spend time outside, preferably in nature (the beach or a park); it gives us energy. Sunlight is a great source of Vitamin C, which helps improve your mood!

Playing sports or exercise gives a sense of achievement and boosts chemicals in our brain, which makes us feel good and puts us in a good mood.

Connect to others for your self-esteem, but also to ask for support when you're not feeling too great.

Try to limit your screen time. As mentioned, spending time with people you like, being active and outside are good for your mental health. Watching series and playing video games are very enjoyable and relaxing activities though.

Make time to do what you enjoy doing. Doing creative activities, like dancing or drawing, or hanging out with friends, or playing with your pet can help to boost your mood instantly. If we don’t spend enough time doing things we enjoy, we become irritable and unhappy

Try to be there for others. That is helpful for them, but it's good for you too! Helping someone can boost your self-esteem and make you feel good about your place in the world.

Ask for help. One of the most important ways to keep yourself mentally healthy is to recognize when you are not feeling well, and know when to ask for help. There's no shame in asking someone for support if you're feeling low or stressed. You can also try speaking to your friends or family.

Practice positivity: try to start each day with a positive thought about yourself or your day ahead. End each day with thinking of one thing that you are happy about, grateful for, or that put a smile on your face. You will see that thinking of positive things will come more easily over time. It will help you be more resourceful, flexible and resilient!

And last but not least: be kind to yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. You are doing your best and you are great because of it!


An emotion is a feeling or a direct reaction to something that happens to us; either good or bad.  An emotion usually doesn’t last long, sometimes just minutes. But emotions can be very intense  or overwhelming at times. The most basic ones we experience are happy, scared, angry and sad.
Our emotions determine what kind of mood we are in.

It is important to know these things about emotions

We all experience emotions differently.
Our behavior is influenced by our emotions.