Mental Health Stability 2021

Mental Health Stability 2021

Naima Hassan

Our mental health influences how we think, feel, and behave in daily life. It also affects our
ability to cope with stress, overcome challenges, build relationships, and recover from life’s
setbacks and hardships. Strong mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems.
Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or
other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental health refers to
the presence of positive characteristics of anyone’s personality. And there is no concept of
health without mental health and wellbeing,
People who are mentally healthy have:

  • A sense of contentment.
  • A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun.
  • The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity.
  • A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships.
  • The flexibility to learn new skills and adapt to change.
  • A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc.
  • The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships.
  • Self-confidence and high self-esteem.

In absence of wellbeing things can be quite opposite, I want you all practically work on the
below mentioned two points,
1-Remove the Stigma attached with Mental Health as it is damaging your wellbeing, albeit ill-
informed, attitude, making it more difficult for those affected to pursue help. Talk with your
family, friends, or colleagues on mental health issues to improve quality of life, and write these
two slogans on your notebook,

Health is with Mental Health
It's Okay Not to Be Okay

11- COVID pandemic –All of us are glad to say goodbye to 2020, the tumultuous year which
challenged every aspect of our mental and physical wellbeing. The issues raised during the
pandemic are many, including isolation, loneliness, anxiety, unstable moods, depression, and
existential fears/insecurities which shattered our peace and wore everyone down.

Now we entered 2021 and the end of the pandemic is somewhere in sight, the vaccines are
coming out, people are very hopeful but we’re also at the very worst time in terms of the
pandemic’s effects, we need to make extra efforts to put our mental health back in order for
the sense of wellbeing.
Follow these steps to restore your serenity and keep your self emotionally grounded:

Start with a stabilizing Routine: Try to develop a morning routine of healthy activities that you
do every morning to set the table for the day, that routine can include things like light exercise,
yoga, meditation, prayer anything that nourishes you,

Reach out to others: Make efforts to stay in touch with family, friends, or groups outside work
life is very helpful and if you try to have a full conversation with three people in a day, phone
calls and video chats are better than posting on Facebook or Instagram,

Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: To stave off the fear of the future you cannot control, stay in
the present. it is important to bring yourself back to the present moment, and
mindfulness/meditation is the best practice to live in a moment.

Exercise for a healthy body and mind: Regular exercise is more important than ever to lift
the depressed and sluggish mood. I suggest you do just a couple of things to improve mental
health, it would be to learn mindfulness techniques and outdoor physical activity. if it safely
allows you will boost your mood further while helping to stay positive or get back in shape. if
can not go out, try to do physical exercise within the room/home for at least 30 minutes a day.

Enjoy fun, creative activities: It’s actually OK to enjoy yourself and for your mental health, it’s really important to try to find healthy ways to have fun where a lot more limited than we used
to be but there are lots of programs and activities online links, cultural events, and Zoom gathering.

Eat Healthy food – add more vegetables especially (greens) in your daily food and by the grace of Allah all
these vegetables are easily available,

Focus on sleep restoration: While you cannot really recover all the hours of sleep you lost
during the pandemic, you can adopt healthy sleeping habits for the present and future. Brush
up on sleep hygiene and feel the difference that sleeping well makes in your emotional
endurance and ability to function.

Choose gratitude: The pandemic has wrought immeasurable loss and pain, even so, if you’re
intentional about choosing a positive outlook, it can help change your perspective for the better. We can find value in ingratitude; it can be two or three things that you’re thankful for.

That can be something you do every morning or night. Just a quick reminder of making a list of
small things like a cool breeze, sunlight raindrops, the smell of soil and a taste of food and so many
other but nothing too intense.

Be kind to yourself: Protecting and supporting loved ones during the pandemic may leave you little time
to look after your own emotional health. If you’re responsible for small children or a parent with
dementia, for example, you really need time to recharge your health and wellbeing to be in self-care and
mental hygiene, (You may call it Me Time),

Embrace signs of hope: On the positive side, people are looking forward to taking the vaccine
and they’re starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, with the possibility of getting back to
normal.

Try out mental health App: Apps like Calm and myStrength can serve as mental health tools. it
is called “digital therapeutics tools”. these Apps may encourage you to practice it daily, it will be
helpful to stay relax and sleep better.

Talk to Stress Counsellor:  At some level when you feel stress is affecting your health and
wellbeing, there is an issue of domestic violence, anxiety, and mood swings, you’re struggling
with thoughts of hurting yourself, interpersonal conflicts creating a disturbance and you are less
productive, less creative, less attentive, not peaceful or you’re not able to function well as a
student, friend, sibling, parent, or as an employee – thats probably a pretty good indication to
get assistance from a mental health professional,

About The Author
naima hassan
Naima Hassan

Mental Health professional- Naima has provided stress counseling services in more than 15 countries,

Having more than two decades of practicing experience in trauma counseling, Stress Counselling, family n marital counseling. She is the author of more than 200 articles, an expert in conducting training on different topics.

She can be reached through WhatsApp: +923458509045 or naimahassan1@yahoo.com

Feature Photo Credits: Fernando @cferdo

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