Make mental wellness a priority | Opinion

Major changes of any kind in our lives, such as this unprecedented pandemic, can cause us to feel a wide range of emotions, including stress, depression and anxiety, that may lead us down a path of unhealthy habits: lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and an increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other substances. Studies show that those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse die 20 years younger than those who do not. Prioritizing wellness will not only make you happier, but it will help you live longer.