Recent research by Ulrich Orth, PhD, a research professor in the university of Basel’s department of psychology, has found that depression is often the result of low self-esteem, where you feel yourself less valued and consequently lose the will to prove yourself more. It’s the feeling of getting down about yourself which can develop into depression. Essentially, building self-esteem will lead to better mental health. There’s no exact way to increase your sense of self-worth, but one technique that often helps improve confidence is to work towards a specific goal. For instance, if you’re struggling with feelings of low self-esteem, learn a new sports or stick to an exercise routine.

As you master a new skill or commit to a healthy habit, you’ll be left with a sense of accomplishment. Your self-esteem will benefit and your mood will get a lift.