Challenging times or circumstances can be difficult to the best of us. Imagine having bad mental health and having to deal with the same challenges! The year 2020 has taken a toll even on the best of us.
Having to deal with the COVID19 pandemic and its consequences such as social distancing, staying at home, working differently, or losing jobs has thrown everyone in mental turmoil.
No matter the challenging situation, whether it is the pandemic, an economic downturn, or a personal tragedy, it is important to protect your mental health else you risk going insane!
This article takes you through some things you can do to help protect your mental health.
Talk about your feelings
It does you no good to bottle up your feelings. Talking about them can help you protect your mental health. It doesn’t matter if you open up to your friends, family, colleague, spouse, or therapist, you need to find someone to open up to lest you risking torturing your mental health!
The worst thing you can do when dealing with a challenging situation is to remain idle and do nothing. That idle time will only serve to let your mind focus on everything that is going wrong. Simple exercises like walking can help you protect your mental health.
Don’t forget to eat
Eating may be the last thing on your mind when dealing with a stressful situation. However, it is important to keep your body nourished. Your body will appreciate you for nourishing it. A good healthy diet can help you protect your mental health. Don’t overindulge in comfort foods!
Spend little time on social media or television
As you scroll through your social media, you may come across bad news after bad news, this is not good for your already fragile mental state. As such, it is better to limit the amount of time you spend watching the news on television or scrolling down your social media page.
Find and do things you love
It may be taking a long walk, baking, or tackling a DIY project. Whatever activity helps you take your mind away from that stressful situation, just do it. It will be therapeutic to your mental state and will help you deal with the situation better.
Don’t overwork yourself
The last thing you need is an overworked mind and body. You need to learn to take a break. A few minutes’ break can make a difference your life. It is great for protecting your mental health!
Ask for help
You may be used to doing everything on your own or taking care of yourself, but, it doesn’t hurt to ask for help. Don’t be shy to ask for help when you get overwhelmed. If you feel like you need help, consider seeking out a professional. Seek out that therapist to help you keep your sanity.
No matter what you are going through, it is important to protect your mental health. Mental health is important if you want to enjoy a happy, productive life.