Mental health starts with little things – wrong habits of eating, sleeping, working, and recreating. These produce their inevitable results and the sufferer is caught in the working out of the inexorable laws of cause and effect. Well-being comes as a byproduct. It comes in greater simplicity and in greater quantity by doing something about the wrong habits before they become questionable.
Maintain your physical health as well as possible. The robust healthy body has a great value. Health is a gift but you have to work to desire and keep it. This in turn will maintain good mental health. Keep meals simple, chew all food thoroughly. Keep skin active by a daily bath. Sleep eight hours in a well ventilated room.
Exercise all muscles daily. Control anger, fear and worry. Avoid drugs and alcohol. Play moderately. Be temperate in everything. Laugh often. Go easy on yourself. Don't expect too much of yourself. Be tolerant of your shortcomings. There is no life without mistakes, defeats and failures. The one secret and the whole secret are to learn to profit from mistakes and failures.
Don't expect too much from others. Have a good amount of consideration for other's feelings, needs and mistakes. Be slow to criticize. Tact, courtesy, tolerance, friendship, good nature and sympathetic understanding of another's personality – these are the surest ways of successful social intercourse.
Act with common sense. Good health, both physical and mental depends more on common sense. It is finding satisfaction and joy in the things that occupy our time. Keep yourself rebounding. A mentally healthy person will bounce back from an emotionally upsetting situation, and be his old, friendly, cheerful self again when it is over. It takes a cool head to maintain an emotional bounce, to face a situation calmly and squarely, to meet a problem head on.
Develop a social life adequate to your social needs. We must be other-people centered instead of self-centered. Most neurotics have as the root of their problems too much selfish concern for themselves. Since mental health is largely due to self-centeredness, the best way to forget ourselves is helping others. Keep growing! Carry on harmonious development of all your faculties. Within you lies the power to awake them and the ability to use more of the potential you possess.
Man's greatest power lies in the power of prayer. Man has been looking for the ultimate meaning of things, but today he is searching more intensely than ever. Prayer is one of the surest ways to a speedy recovery.