(HealthDay News) -- Being emotionally healthy can make it easier to build lasting relationships, help you feel good about yourself and deal with the problems of everyday life.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to help improve your emotional health:

  • Find healthy, appropriate ways to share your feelings.
  • Don't get bogged down by the negatives of life.
  • Develop a strong network of social support, develop a healthy sense of perspective and learn to accommodate change.
  • Find ways to help your mind and body relax, such as meditation.
  • Keep your body physically healthy with nutritious foods, regular exercise and by avoiding alcohol and drugs.