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The Importance of Mental Health

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Holding the reigns of your sanity and ensuring emotional and mental wellbeing is tough on any given day. The stress you deal on daily basis is troubling enough, but when a global life-threatening pandemic enters the equation, neglecting mental health becomes far more dangerous.

The UN has already warned countries about the rising threat of a global mental health crisis, as numerous surveys and studies show the impact of COVID-19 on mental health. There has been an increase in anxiety and depression reported in individuals and children have been found to be more anxious than ever before. Last week, a Red Cross survey revealed that the ongoing pandemic made an impact on one in two people. This is why you need to focus more on your mental health.

Similar to how physical fitness helps your body stay strong, mental fitness assists you with achieving and sustaining a state of good mental health. When you are mentally healthy, you are more likely to appreciate little things and enjoy your life more. By being in the right state of mind, you can be creative, innovate, and take risks. By doing so, it can raise your productivity levels. It also leads you to cope better when it comes to personal relationships.

Nurturing your mental health can also help you prevent and tackle the mental health issues that come with a chronic physical illness. Sometimes, it even minimizes the relapse or onset of a mental or physical illness. For instance, managing stress better is beneficial for heart patients.

Here are some tips that can help you to cope up with COVID-19.

  • Avoid excessive exposure to any COVID-19 related media coverage. You have to be especially careful around social media.

  • Keep in touch with your family and friends. Use video conferencing and plain old phone calls to contact them and share your feelings.

  • Remote work and social distancing has changed the sleeping schedules for many. It is necessary to maintain your pre-COVID-19 schedules and routines. Assign proper times to meals, activities, and bed time.

Most importantly, you need to seek professional support at the right time. If you feel that your symptoms of anxiety (or other mental health issues) are hindering your ability to function normally and is causing considerable distress, then look into mental health support. The current circumstances have led the healthcare industry to become more accessible. Many telehealth programmes have emerged, making it possible for patients to get relief from any location via online platforms.

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