Stress and Depression Frequent stress takes a mental and physical toll on your body. If you are often stressed out, you may feel irritated or depressed and may have headaches. Fathers, Families, & Work One of the most important steps you can take to preserve your mental health is to establish a network of family and friends to rely on. Sleeping Well Establish rituals that help you relax each night before bed. This can include such things as a light snack or a few minutes of reading. Alcohol and Tobacco Alcohol abuse and smoking—both can have a serious effect on your health. The earlier you tackle these problems, the better off you'll be. Domestic Violence Domestic abuse can involve emotional, sexual, and physical abuse, as well as threats and isolation. In most cases, men are the abusers.