6 Essential Tips for Mental Health
10th October marks World Mental Health Day.
With a humble beginning in 1992 as an annual event of the World Federation for Mental Health, this day is now dedicated to raising awareness about mental health. Recent years witnessed a surge in discussion on mental health. Today, depression is one of the leading causes of disability.
With COVID-19 hitting the world, the World Health Organization's slogan for World Mental health Day 2021 is mental health care for all: let's make it a reality.
The implications of this pandemic for mental health have become a rising concern. The scientific community highlights the likelihood of an increase in mental health issues with this pandemic.
To help you manage your mental health, here is a list of the top six tips.
1. Move the body.
An active, healthy lifestyle goes a long way – even beyond physical strength. Choosing a workout — Zumba, yoga, meditation, and slow walk — helps boost your mood.
Try devoting some time to daily physical activity: something that you enjoy.
Regular exercise can help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.
2. Rest your eyes.
Lack of sleep is detrimental to physical and mental health. On average, one must try to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep daily. Catching up on sleep over the weekend is not advised.
Practice seven hours of sleep daily and see the change for yourself.
Studies reveal that adequate sleep supports the brain's healthy functioning, resulting in higher information-gathering — more memory power.
3. Nourish the body.
A healthy diet is a fundamental necessity for the overall nourishment of the body. A balanced and nutritious diet shields one from stress.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast and eat an adequate amount of food for the body's healthy functioning.
Enjoy that tasty dish in the blissful company of family and friends.
4. Interact with others.
Social isolation has become a prevalent problem during this pandemic. Restricted movements imposed by government guidelines to ensure safety and health wellbeing have impacted mental health.
The scientific community suggests that the absence of meaningful connections with people — the inability to meet loved ones — has added to the rising population's stress, anxiety, and distress.
In such dire times, a conscious effort to connect with friends and family via online platforms is viable. Online conversations can never replace offline meetings. However, in the new normal, doing this bit can provide you essential support in times of need.
5. Pursue a hobby.
Hobbies are refreshing — a medium to elevate your mood that makes your mind dance to the tune of life. On the quest to reach the goals in life, one mustn't ignore the importance of immersing in an activity unrelated to our work. Learning new skills stimulates brain and nerve cells.
6. Check your stress level.
Learn to manage your stress. Thinking of managing stress on our own can itself be a stressful activity, but by taking one step at a time, one can master it too.
Management of stress varies from person to person. One can derive solace from listening to religious teachings, whereas one can from stand-up comedy. Whatever the method is — it is time to take charge of your life.
Laugh, laugh and laugh a lot, too. Don't they say laughter is the best medicine!
Author: Somrita Ganchoudhuri
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