What Is the Best Way to Have Better Mental Health?

The mental health toll just keeps growing. After a year filled with fear over the coronavirus, 2021 is starting with more anxiety about COVID-19 and the violence in Washington.

What can you do to help keep stress and depression at bay? A recent study offers clues. Getting quality sleep, exercising and eating more raw fruits and vegetables — in that order — predicted better mental health and well-being in young adults.

They can be thought of as “three pillars of health,” said Shay-Ruby Wickham, a graduate student at Otago Medical School at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and lead author of the study published in Frontiers in Psychology. Sleep quality beat the amount of sleep a person got each night as the strongest factor in good mental health.

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