How to Look After Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Emotional or mental health is slowly becoming less of a taboo subject.

This is a good thing as it’s estimated one in five Australians have experienced mental health issues. Mental health issues are described as anything that affects your emotional, psychological, or social well-being.

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It’s not surprising so many people experience mental health issues, life throws everyone an array of challenges and some of them can seem insurmountable. When this happens, you’ll feel unable to cope and it can lead to some, or even all, of the falling signs:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeping less or oversleeping
  • Lack of energy
  • No motivation or focus
  • Aches and pains all over your body and you don’t know why
  • A feeling of helplessness
  • Arguing and fighting when you normally wouldn’t
  • Worrying or feeling upset constantly
  • Hearing voices
  • Considering harming yourself or others
  • Unable or unwilling to perform normal daily tasks

The good news is you can take the following steps to help look after your mental health:

Re-focus Your Life

If life seems to be going against you and you feel like you have no control then it’s time to re-focus and undertake a new activity. This will immerse your mind and help you to feel like you have control of your life. It can be starting a new hobby or even booking a course to help others in your community.

Focusing and helping others will help you to put your own issues into perspective and help you to see new ways of tackling things. 

Get Social

One of the best ways to prevent mental illness is to stay connected with others. You can connect on social media and chat with people with similar interests. This will help. It’s also a good idea to speak directly with people. That means indulging in face-to-face contact which is best done if you join a club or go to social occasions when invited. 

It can be difficult if you don’t feel like it. But if you set yourself boundaries you’ll feel in control and the experience will help your mental well-being.

Get Natural light

Natural light is very important to the human brain. It is stimulating and generally makes everything seem better. 

Make sure you get some natural light every day to boost your mood and protect against mental health issues. 

Talk To Someone

It is very important to share your problems, worries, and concerns. Everyone has some at some point in their life, storing them internally will not help you to resolve the issue. But, sharing will make you feel better, reduce the likelihood of depression, and help you to find a solution. 

Exercise 

Exercise is essential for your physical health. But it is also important for your mental well-being. When you exercise you will de-stress and you’ll release endorphins that make you feel great. This can help you tackle any issue and maintain a positive attitude even in tough times. 

Motivation for Exercise

The right attitude can help you to deal with a myriad of issues and maintain your mental and physical health, exercise assists you with this.

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