It is understandable to feel scared, anxious or helpless during an unprecedented time. But whatever situation you are in and wherever you are in the world, you have the power to look after your mental health and well-being. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness this month, here are 5 things you can do to help you cope with any event that may cause stress.
Talk to someone you trust
Talking to someone you trust – whether a friend, a family member or a colleague can help. You may feel better if you are able to openly share what you are going through with someone who cares about you. If you live in an area where face-to-face interactions are limited, you can still stay connected with your loved ones through a video call, phone call or messaging app.
Look after your physical health
Taking care of your physical health helps improve your mental health and well-being. Be active for at least 30 minutes daily, whether that’s running, walking, yoga, dancing, cycling, or even gardening. Eat a balanced and healthy diet and make sure to get enough sleep.
Do activities that you enjoy
Try to continue doing the activities that you find meaningful and enjoyable, such as cooking for yourself or your loved ones, playing with your pet, walking in the park, reading a book, or watching a film or TV series. Having a regular routine with activities that make you feel happy will help you maintain good mental health.
Take two minutes to focus on the world around you
Help free yourself of constantly swirling thoughts by reconnecting yourself with where you are at this moment in time. Simply take three slow deep breaths, feel your feet grounded on the floor and ask yourself:
Seek professional help
If you feel like you cannot cope with the stress that you are facing, seek professional help by calling your local mental health helpline or getting in touch with your counsellor or doctor. You may also check out our mental health partner Syked, a wellness company that focuses on online therapy at an affordable rate.
Remember you are not alone, and there are things you can do to support your mental well-being.
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