Mental health

Mental Health Awareness During The Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mental health awareness is crucial during this time of uncertainty.

Yay! It is the month of May where we dedicate it to create mental health awareness.

There have been increased cases of mental issues reported in the last year since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mental illnesses like depression, bipolar disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and schizophrenia continue to be rampant in our society. 

The economic crisis posed by the Covid pandemic effects continues to be the leading cause of these illnesses. In addition to the crisis, people lack the mental capacity to tackle these adverse effects posed by Covid-19.

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Ways to stay mentally healthy despite Covid-19 Related challenges

Acceptance of the changes brought by the Covid-19 pandemic

Mental health requires every one of us to accept the fact that the game of life has changed. The way of living has changed and we need to embrace reality. These changes could be ranging from a loss of a job, a loss of loved ones or the fact that we need to downgrade our lifestyles to cope with the financial uncertainties.

Acceptance improves your anxiety and stress level despite how the situation turns out thereafter. Our bodies release the Serotonin hormone that makes us feel calm and confident in our ability to prevail amidst adversity.

Once acceptance is attained, we proceed to the next step:

Adjustment is a step in achieving a healthy mental state

Adjustment calls for adaptation to the new reality by changing your expectations and attitude towards it. Ideally, we possess the power to control how we feel about our situations. Maintaining a positive attitude with gratitude is a great way to control the circumstances at hand.

Focusing on the bigger picture is also a good way to improve mental health. This will motivate you to be more optimistic.

After adjusting to the new reality is it wise to:

Obtain mental sanity by undergoing the advancement stage

Mental health is of paramount importance at this point in life. We have heard the saying when life gives you lemons make lemonade. This is a big indicator that however bad your situation is, celebrate your essence.

Every human being possesses the power to use their abilities to work in their favour.

Some of the ways to advance include:

Have a routine 

It is important to have a daily routine of activities that matter to you. Structure them in a way that there will be progress. Besides that, start following the routine today. This will help you build resilience and tenacity towards the circumstances at hand.

Be happy with the little achievements

Celebrate the little milestones achieved because they do count. Always seek to be happy. Be content with your little progress but watch out for complacency spirit.

Exercise as way to improve your mental health

Regular exercise eases muscle and brain tension. Find ways to have activities that are body involving such as workouts, dancing, yoga and other sporting activities. In fact, this is the perfect time to attain that perfect weight and shape.

This could take a few minutes every day, but the benefits are great.

Meditation is a great way to release mind pressure.

Regular breaks

Mental health calls for regular breaks to avoid burnout. It also improves your focus when working. Breaks from work or stressful activities could be a good time to connect with your family and loves ones hence, creating some meaningful bonds.  Creating time for the people you love, gives you a sense of belonging.

Have a confidant and support groups

No man is an island; we all need people as a ladder and support in pursuit of life goals. When things go out of control, we become demoralised. During such moments it is good to have someone we can talk to about it. It could be a best friend, a family member or a mentor.

When it seems to be beyond them, find a specialist such as a therapist, psychologist and any other specialized help.

Forgive a lot and let go of pain where possible

Offenders are all over and sometimes it is difficult to control other people’s annoying actions: choose to forgive. 

When hurt by people choose to let go of the pain. Further, if their offence is punishable by law, report them to appropriate authorities for them to be reprimanded.

In conclusion, one needs to seek good mental health amidst all situations by being flexible and controlling your emotions. Ultimately, life goes on!!!

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