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Paving the Road to Mental Fitness

Physical fitness has become a growing concern these days due to the pandemic, which has left people confined to their homes. What however seems to be neglected is a person’s emotional and mental well-being.

Mental health is an essential part of a person’s wellbeing, as it is what drives a person to take action, affects decision making and equips one to overcome challenges.The current pandemic has led to isolation and job issues, causing anxiety and emotional distress for a lot of people.

Reluctance to address mental health issues

  • The toll mental and emotional issues can have on someone are often underestimated. They are not considered to have enough impact on someone to even consider a serious discussion around it. They are seen as a sign of weakness.
  • Build-up of emotions over time, because of the way people end up bottling their emotions can lead to a stage where it becomes difficult to manage and unhealthy.
  • When someone feels emotionally overwhelmed, many people take the aid of pills or unverified suggestions from the internet instead of actively reaching out to a professional.
  • The notion that visiting a counsellor or a therapist could lead to social stigma if anyone were to find out.

Just as a chronic physical ailment requires a qualified doctor, the same is true for mental well-being. However, there are some ways in which one can keep one’s spirits up and stay cheerful

How to manage your mental health

Make Social Connections

You need a company of people to be around. Humans are social creatures and thrive in the presence of company. Being with a company also helps with the feeling of loneliness. Talk to a friend or acquaintance whenever the need arises. Get innovative - plan dinner or tea time video calls if you don’t have someone around

Staying Fit

You must have heard this a lot by now. Physical fitness can majorly impact our mental health. Exercising releases endorphins which provide energy and lifts up mood. If our physical health is good it results in better mental health. A walk, jog, yoga, pick anything to get you started

Stress Busters

Indulge in activities that help you relieve stress like painting, cooking, reading, watching a movie etc. Do what makes you happy and take out some time to relax.

Healthy Diet

Throw in some healthy food in your diet. Consume foods rich in omega 3 such as fish, nuts and seeds. Fresh fruits and vegetables in the diet are a must.

Adequate Snooze Time

Pay attention to your sleep and get enough of it for your mind to feel energized as lack of it can cause irritability, impatience and affect your mood.

Professional Help

Be brave enough to seek professional help when you know nothing else is working out for you. Always remember, it is okay to not be okay and to ask for help.

World Mental Health Day is observed internationally on 10th October every year with an objective of raising awareness about mental health issues and destigmatize mental health. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries.

This World Mental Health Day, make your mental health a priority, reach out to the ones in need, be more kind and empathetic.