Changes in life are inevitable; adjusting to them may not be the same for everyone. The world is experiencing the unprecedented impact of the current global health emergency due to Covid-19 which has also impacted the mental health of millions of people.
To address the same Dr. Samir Parikh, Director, Fortis Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences joined us on a Facebook Live session on ‘Mental Health And Coping During Covid.’
Dr. Parikh explained, “Mental health is just as important as physical health, and whether you’re stressed or depressed, help is available. Emotional and mental health is important because it’s a vital part of our lives and impacts your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.
The first thing you must know in the uncertain time is that you are not alone. Opening up or reaching other people in your life can help provide emotional support. If you are having stress, change in mood, feeling anxious or your emotional health is starting to impact you, it may be time to reach out for extra support.
Small practices you can adopt to elevate your mood; can be helpful in boosting your emotional health. Put efforts in building and maintaining physical health, it is important to build and maintain your mental health.
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Small things like exercising, eating balanced and healthy meals, opening up to other people in your life, taking a break when you need to, remembering something you are grateful for, and getting a good night’s sleep, can be helpful in boosting your emotional health. Find the little things in your day that give you your daily dose of positivity.
The key is to interact with someone, it can be your family, friends, someone you can regularly talk to in person, who will listen to you of how you should think or feel.
What is the Papageno effect?
Promote the positive in suicide prevention, promoting happiness and positivity for crisis intervention, mental health services, and peer support; let people know that there is hope in the darkness.
When we change the public narrative to hope, connectedness, social support, treatment, and recovery we can transform systems from helplessness to inspiration.
Follow a discipline work-life balance
Those who are having issues with Work For Home, you must take breaks and do other stuff to keep yourself energized. Keep a fixed wake-up time, have a work window, avoid caffeine, eat healthy food, do a bit of yoga and meditation, and spend time with family.
How to manage stress and anxiety?
Understand and accept your emotions will help you to manage stress and balance your moods. Yoga, mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation can put the brakes on stress and bring your mind and body back into a state of balance. Appreciate little things around you; see what is good, positive, and beautiful as you go about your day.
Taking the first step towards seeking help can be difficult. Recognize when you’re not feeling good, and to know when to ask for help. There’s no shame in asking someone for support if you’re feeling low or stressed. If you think your mental health is getting on top of you then you can consult your doctor.
Posted by Healthwire on Monday, September 7, 2020