Mental Health is highly significant for our well-being same as our physical health. It is a combination of our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. Our mind is a very powerful tool and can be our best friend or worst enemy. What we think and imagine, our mind sends signal to our body and our body reacts according to those thoughts. A negative thought will give a negative effect and a positive thought will give a positive effect and can heal the body. Each one of us react differently to stressful situations and especially during this Covid-19 pandemic situation, all of us are going through a difficult phase. Some have lost their jobs, some have lost their near and dear ones, many have undergone financial losses which could be the main cause of ill health and some are facing physical and mental health issues. Due to these situations people are experiencing fear, anger, anxiety and insomnia. Even children are going through stress and their psychosocial functioning has been affected in this pandemic due to not attending school physically and taking classes online.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), “Mental health is more than just the absence of mental disorders or disabilities. It is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”
It is very important to look after your mental health to preserve your ability to enjoy life. Follow the steps below and make simple changes in your daily life to manage your feelings in a better way.
- Eat well – A well balanced diet will keep you not only physically healthy but also mentally healthy. To boost your mental health add more of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Reduce sugar and processed foods as it leads to inflammation, which might cause mood disorders.
- Exercise – Regular exercise can have a positive effect on mental health. When you exercise chemicals like endorphins and serotonin are released which help in improving your mood.
- Sleep well – Establishing a daily routine for sleep and rest is very important as it allows our body to repair and rejuvenate the cells in our body.
- Deep Breathing – It is one of the best ways to lower stress levels in the body. It will help you to relax and reduce tension.
- Socialize – Studies have shown that people who have good social networks are happier and likely to survive disasters and pandemics. Try to maintain your connections with people by phone or internet. You can plan to meet them face to face also. Friends and family can help you in dealing with the stresses of life.
- Gratitude – Being thankful and grateful for what we have helps in feeling more positive and helps to deal with adversity. It improves our mental health by providing lifelong peace and happiness.
- Learn something new – Learning new skills can have a positive effect on your wellbeing. It can boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Ask for help – Everyone needs support from time to time. If you think you need help, speak to your family or friends or take an advice from a doctor or a counsellor. You might need a proper treatment if you are facing mental illnesses as it will not improve by itself.