World Mental Health Day is tomorrow and it has never been more relevant to shift the focus onto the wellbeing of yourselves and your loved ones.
Celebrating another Covid lockdown event has become a lot like eating the same cardboard cereal over again. Hard to digest and tasteless there is a real need for people to unite and celebrate our life’s milestones once again.
Keeping in line with World Mental Health Day 10th October we wanted to address the importance of reaching out for help. In the past two years, so many people have suffered in silence. With the constant lockdowns, it is only natural for anyone to experience symptoms of sadness, isolation, and loneliness. This can trigger mental health issues like depression or anxiety.
The theme underlines the pressing need to focus sufficiently on health beyond the physical in a sustained way in a world still struggling to fight the coronavirus.
World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.
Mental Health Issue Symptoms
If you are wondering if you suffer from a mental health issue some of the symptoms you may experience can include;
Struggling with negative thoughts
Feeling numb or worthless
Tired or low energy all the time
Sleeping constantly or lack of sleep completely
Withdrawn from family, friends
Over a long period, these feelings can progress and affect one’s wellbeing. That is why you must keep a record of your emotions and routine and reach out if you need it. Some ways you can support your mental health could be looking after yourself by taking some time out, eating healthy, and taking time to do things that you enjoy.
The Types of Mental Illnesses
The types of mental illnesses can be anything from mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder to personality disorders.
Things such as schizophrenia or eating disorders are all occurrences that affect one’s mental health.
These can also be trauma-related disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder which can occur after life-changing situations. It could be the loss of a loved one, giving birth and becoming a parent, or losing your financial stability.
Substance abuse is also another disorder that is part of mental health.
What Can You Do to Help Someone with a Mental Health Issue
Get active; encourage a friend to go for a walk or go out for the day.
Connect with others; call someone and allow yourself to listen if they need to talk.
Learn new things; try out a new creative class or a fun workout like a dance class.
Live in the moment; think about today and what you can do to make it more cheerful.
Focus on small goals daily; big goals can feel overwhelming. Look at the tiny things you can do today.
Look at the positives and speak with encouraging internal dialogue; list the good qualities you like in another person.
Value yourself; self-worth is linked to so many things. Standing up for someone and teaching them to do the same is priceless.
Quiet your busy mind; try to get out or do things that make you happy. By distracting your busy mind and replacing it with enjoyable tasks. Introduce a quiet time routine to your day. Try meditation or yoga to relax.
World Mental Health Day asks you to make a promise to yourself while dedicating time to your own mental health. As the world recovers from the restrictions, fears, and disappointment that Covid has brought, what will you do to improve your future wellbeing?