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12 Articles for a Healthier State of Mind

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The term "mental health" means different things to different people. To some, it means living a healthy lifestyle while balancing work, family and personal time. To others, it might mean living with anxiety, depression or addiction. No matter what mental health means to you, everyone can benefit from taking time to focus on improving it.

Like most things, the first step in maintaining mental health is awareness and discussion. Here are 12 articles that focus on different – and equally important – aspects of mental health.

  • 5 Benefits of Healthy Relationships
    As humans, the relationships we form with others are vital to our mental and emotional well-being, and really, our survival. Healthy relationships (romantic, friendships and familial) can help make for a healthier life.
  • Take a Break
    Taking a moment to pause and stretch is not only great for your body, but also your mind. Get started with six accessible stretches.
  • What is Good Sleep? (Infographic)
    Sleep habits and health are closely linked. Your daily routine influences your quality of rest, and your sleep schedule and bedtime habits affect your mental sharpness, performance, emotional well-being and energy level. Reaching a deep, restorative sleep is vital to your health and can take time to perfect.
  • Clean Your Way to Good Health
    Decluttering your space may help declutter your mind. Plus, cleaning offers even more health benefits. Get started with a downloadable checklist.
  • Stop Stress
    From exercising to getting fresh air, find ways to combat stress.
  • Science of Anxiety (Infographic)
    Understand your anxiety by learning the science-backed ways to cope with it.
  • Science of Depression (Infographic)
    Depression is more than a chemical imbalance. Learn more and get the help you may need.
  • Warning Signs of Teen Suicide
    Suicide is the second-leading cause of death in 15- to 19-year-olds. Major physical, social, emotional and psychological changes during adolescence, combined with feelings of stress, uncertainty, fear, confusion, hopelessness and external pressure, can lead some youth to feel hopeless. They may see suicide as their only option. Learn how to support your teen and what to do in a crisis.
  • The Heart-Mind Connection
    Cardiovascular disease is closely linked to depression. Learn more about this connection. And, get tips for coping with depression associated with cardiovascular disease.
  • Your Guide to Grief
    Get the tools you need to deal with loss and tragedy from a Northwestern Medicine psychiatrist.
  • Start a Gratitude Journal
    Many people report an improved mood and a better memory, greater mindfulness and reduced stress after starting a gratitude journal. Find more health benefits and get started with some prompts.
  • Science-Based Benefits of Yoga
    Yoga not only aids heart and spine health, but it is a proven way to help your mental health. Learn more from a Northwestern Medicine neurologist.