Widespread stress and anxiety can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions. Luckily, there are simple things we can do to counteract this.

These seven strategies (quality sleep, balanced nutrition, physical activity, mindfulness practices, experiencing nature, mental healthcare, and supportive relationships) can help protect your mental health.

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Youth Advisor: Setareh Harsamizadeh Tehrani

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πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘ Maintaining your positive, supportive relationships can help your mental and physical health. Higher levels of support are associated with lower levels of stress, depression, anxiety, substance use, and shame. For more ways to lower stress:

Youth Advisor: Luis Wualdemar Tun Orozco

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πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Trauma and stress can be stored in our body. And movement for 30-60 minutes a day can release it. It doesn’t have to be altogether either. You can break up that time into several 10 minute blocks to fit your schedule best. For more ways to lower stress:

Youth Advisor: Ronnie Kuznicki-Mejia

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πŸ’€ Getting high-quality sleep can be particularly hard right now, but is so important to our health. Creating the space and time for good sleep hygiene can make a big difference. Find what works best for you. For more ways to lower stress:

Youth Advisor: Nancy Martinez Urieta

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πŸ₯‘ Eating healthy is NOT about losing weight, it’s about balance and nourishing your body. Remembering these simple tips can do wonders for our overall health and wellness. For more ways to lower stress:

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🧠 Mental, emotional, and behavioral support can be helpful when struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, thoughts of self-harm or suicide, anger management, and more. Mental health is health and caring for our mental or emotional health can help with physical challenges. For more:

Youth Advisor: Shamar Knox

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πŸ’‘ Research shows that mindfulness practices can reduce stress, decrease anxiety, and can even boost memory. Create a daily routine to incorporate more mindfulness into your life and reap the benefits. For more ways to lower stress:

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⛰️ Being in nature can boost your mood and reduce stress and anxiety, even if only for a few minutes – improving our overall health while calming our minds and bodies. For more ways to lower stress: