Mental health is at its pinnacle in this era of development. After facing harm to their mental and physical health during the pandemic, it seems that people around the world have finally found peace by the end of Covid-19. The past few months and this year have been a relief to many. The advent of the virus ended, and we have made a new start with our “normal” lives.
However, many of us have experienced severe changes to our mental health. We are still coping with the loss of human interaction and putting behind the after-effects of isolation. For this year’s World Mental Health Day, let us understand how mental health and spreading knowledge about it proves worthwhile to ourselves and society.
How do we take care of our mental health?
It might sound like a task to teach everyone about the importance of mental health. Alternatively, there are simple ways to get our thoughts across to people:
Give yourself priority.
First of all, we should educate ourselves about mental health. There is no age to stop learning, and we should not hesitate when it comes to mental health. When we feel positive enough to spread knowledge, we can enlighten our loved ones about it too! Lack of understanding and reasonable knowledge can lead to undesirable illnesses but don’t fall into the trap of self-diagnosing. That can only make things worse and the task to take care of our mental health even more difficult.
Taking care of our mental health is important, first and foremost. We can do this by taking the time to understand what hurts us, learn how to deal with difficult circumstances, and not give up easily.
Speaking about our problems to people we trust. Let them know if you feel hopeless. It helps us gain trust and help from our loved ones. It also strengthens our bond with them. They will feel the necessity to share their experiences with us too!
Get involved and give a helping hand to everyone.
Volunteering in activities that promote awareness about mental health can also have the ripple effect of taking care of our own mental health. Attending workshops and using the information practically would be worthwhile.
Helping others who feel unpleasant and providing them with the proper treatment. Each human prefers a different approach to being loved and taken care of. Likewise, good listeners are always appreciated.
Minimize the use of social media.
A great way to take care of our mental health is to decrease the influence of social media that provides negative information. For example, during the pandemic, many of us watched news channels to know what was happening around the world. More likely than not, all we got were terrible reports that further increased our anxiety and other mental problems. Whatever negative information we see is absorbed by our brains, especially in times of crisis. Therefore, allow only limited and positive content to reach our minds by reducing the amount of social media and news we consume.
2022, the Year of Mental Health Advancement.
We all have experienced, learned and are even continuously learning how to adapt to situations like a pandemic. We are now emotionally aware and can empathise with people around us. As a result, the current younger generation has excelled in dealing with difficulties and can pass on this courage to the upcoming generation. Despite all of this, we should also realise that many people bottle up their emotions and keep suffering from the inside.
Consequently, we should let everyone around us understand that help is always around the corner. Making someone feel seen and heard can do wonders for their mental health and can even save lives. Likewise, we shall not hesitate to solicit help from people we trust.
This World Mental Health Day, let us rejoice in our mental health and help in making this world a better place to live by starting to take care of our own mental health.
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