Column: Stay emotionally healthy by keeping connected

May is Mental Health Month. One way to maintain your mental health is to remain connected to friends, family and anyone else who provide support in your life.

Make a short list of friends and family members who are supportive and positive. Include a list of people you feel the need to stay in touch with regularly, such as parents, a close friend or adult child who lives far away or an aging relative who lives alone. Make a commitment to yourself to call, email or get together with them on a schedule that’s reasonable for you.

Try to reach out to make at least one emotional connection a day, but plan realistically. In case of long distance, consider using Web-based ways of keeping in touch, such as Skype or Facebook.

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