Mental health has always been important, but it's even more important during these stressful times. In January 2021, 41% of adults have reported symptoms of depressive disorder and anxiety, partly due to coronavirus-related stress.

As such, it would be absolutely vital to take measures that will help you look after your mental health and ensure that you don't fall into a downward spiral. Here are x easy steps that you can take.

Talk to someone you trust.

Whenever you feel anxious or down, talk to someone you trust and feel comfortable with. When you talk, really let your guard down and do not worry about how you might sound. It may sound like such a simple thing, but releasing your pent-up emotions can actually make you feel better and help you take better control of your mental health.

Exercise.

Exercise release happy hormones known as endorphins and can therefore lift your spirits. Exercising on a regular basis can also make you feel more confident, and even help you focus on work, feel, and sleep better. That aside, working out will also keep your body healthy, so it's actually a good option for your overall health.

You don't even need to go out to exercise since there are many ways to do so in the comfort and convenience of your own home nowadays. Stock up on home gym equipment or look for exercise videos on YouTube that you can follow. Fitness doesn't have to be a chore!

Stock up on good home gym equipment. (Photo: Bluefin Fitness)

Avoid bad habits.

It's easy to fall into bad habits when you aren't feeling great. However, you should never succumb to substance abuse with hopes of getting into a better mood. No matter how bad you might feel, the effects of these substances won't last. In fact, you might end up feeling worse afterward. This might take some willpower, though. So, if you feel like you can't stop yourself, make sure whoever you live with calls you out when they notice that you are wanting to fall into bad habits.

Eat healthily.

As mentioned, it's easy to fall into bad habits when you aren't feeling great. We tend to convince ourselves that junk food, carbonated drinks, and sweets will make us feel better. However, this isn't the case. Your body and your brain need the right nutrients to function well, so you need to pay better attention to your diet in order to hone your overall health.

Eating a balanced meal every day can do wonders for your health. Fortunately, even if you're too busy or can't be bothered to cook, healthy meal plans now exist that can be delivered straight to your doorstep. There really is no excuse not to make healthier food choices nowadays.

A balanced diet is important for your mental health. (Photo: BistroMD)

Take a break.

No matter how many responsibilities you might have in life, it is always important to take a break for your sanity. When the world feels overwhelming, don't feel bad for wanting to pause everything for a while. Sometimes, a short 15-minute break may be all you need to reset and get yourself together.

Do something you love.

When you no longer enjoy your days, try to focus on doing something that you love. There are many activities out there that you can lose yourself in, such as gardening or even collecting toys. Whatever floats your boat, do it if it makes you happy. You'll end up feeling much better to have something you're passionate about to look forward to every day.