We are in a challenging time, COVID came to teach us the importance of being healthy and feeling full in times of adversity to stay alive. In the old days, it was important for many to be successful, to have money, to be recognized or to have material goods, which for many people became secondary.
Man must have health in various areas of his life, in my experience, these are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and economic. They are all important to be in personal balance and to improve an environment that will no doubt affect others, but we will focus on mental health and the effect on your life and your health, especially in light of the challenges that COVID puts to us.
According to the Ministry of Health, in critical events such as disasters, humanitarian emergencies and epidemiological crises, at least 80% of people experience an increase in distress, fear, panic or terror, which has a significant impact on mental health.
When we talk about mental health, the World Health Organization (WHO) refers to the state of well-being when you carry out your activities and are able to positively cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and update contribute to your community.
Some symptoms or reactions you may feel if your mental health is affected include:
- Feeling of fear and constant concern about infecting you or your family.
- Concerns about your finances or job security.
- Insomnia and changes in sleeping and eating patterns.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Worsening of mental health problems.
- Excessive consumption of tobacco and/or alcohol or harmful substances.
- Constant emotional changes, especially feelings of abandonment, depression and anxiety.
- Guilt for not being able to perform your usual duties or your parental duties when you are infected with COVID-19.
- Sadness, anger, or frustration because you have lost a loved one and are unable to feel better.
- Concerns about the possibility of becoming infected or sick again, even if you have already had COVID-19.
- Other changes in emotional or mental health.
Below are some recommendations that will help you feel calmer, better and, above all, take care of your mental health.
- Find a professional to help you with therapy to improve your mental and emotional health.
- Vibrate high, train your mind to the positive, acknowledge and record your negative thoughts and emotions throughout the day.
- Exercise, as it will help you reduce stress and insecurity and better manage your emotions.
- Meditate, in this way you learn to be in the present and you stop focusing on what is not working or what has not happened and that probably worries you.
- Educate yourself as needed, but stop looking at negative or toxic news as it will only cause more stress and worry.
- Connect with humour and laughter, this will release hormones of happiness in your body and help you feel better.
- Eat healthy, because you have to strengthen your defences and send a signal to your body that you want it strong
- Take a deep breath, stretch, and connect with nature through digital media
- Be grateful for all the good you have that you have experienced the day of the week
- Avoid too much alcohol and drugs as they weaken your immune system
- Take a break to rest and relax and do activities that you enjoy alone or with your family.
- Stay close to your vitamin people, that is, those who give you energy, who listen to you, who help you to be a better person.
- Help others, it could be people in need, foundations or communities because kindness helps you feel better and focus on the good that is happening to you.
I know that fear, insecurity, bad news, the loss of a loved one or close people can overwhelm and stress you, but to face the situation and be resilient you have to work on yourself, stick to yourself, take care of yourself. yourself, by protecting your mind, by being healthy.
Having mental health is not easy, it means having positive habits that help you feel better and happier, but most of all it will help you to be in balance in other areas of your life such as emotional, physical, spiritual and economic. So … let’s get started for your sanity!