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By Dr Srinivas Kandrakonda
Consultant Neuro-Psychiatrist
Published on 11/10/2022

Overview

Boost Emotional Wellness, Improve Emotional Health, and Stay Positive! Let's make a mantra for our mental and physical well-being, welcoming a peaceful life. Let's celebrate World Mental Health Day 2022 and spread positivity all around!


No Health Without Mental Health!

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10th October. This year, the theme for the event is "Make Mental Health & Well-Being for All a Global Priority," It serves to raise awareness about mental health worldwide, mobilize efforts to support those experiencing mental health issues and make the world a better place. The day provides a chance to discuss mental health in general, how we should care for it, and how important it is to talk about problems and seek help if one is struggling.

As we reel from the havoc of many health issues like heart diseases, infections which are prominent worldwide, it is natural for individuals to feel stressed by the prospect of fighting severe diseases. As a result, an increasing number of people suffered from mental health crisis and found it difficult to cope with the situation. Moreover, people around the world had to deal with the physical and mental health challenges due to the long Covid-19 pandemic.

While most people know the symptoms and treatment options for physical illnesses or diseases, many people are unaware of how to care for their mental health.

What is Mental Health?

Our psychological, emotional, and social well-being all add to our mental health. This affects various things like how we feel, think, and act as we deal with life's challenges. It also has an impact on how we handle stress, connect with others, and make decisions. Mental health is important throughout life, from childhood and adolescence to adulthood and aging.

Ways to improve mental health conditions

Here are some tips that would help to deal with day-to-day stress and challenges:

  • Focus on positive thoughts:

    Concentrate on the positive aspects of your life. List the things for which you are glad. Try to hold onto the positivity, stay away from negative thoughts, and embrace changes as they come.
  • Stay physically active:

    Physical activity and regular exercise are proven to help lower stress and elevate mood. Focus on at-home exercises like yoga, bodyweight training, dancing, etc.
  • Focus on healthy eating:

    Have a healthy, well-balanced diet. Refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and drinks with added sugar should be avoided. Caffeinated drinks should be avoided because they might make anxiety and tension worse.
  • Get enough sleep:

    Keep a regular sleeping schedule. Every day, go to bed and get up at the same hour. Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep to relieve stress and good health.
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol:

    Smoking is known to raise the risk of health problems. Toxic substances such as tobacco and alcohol should be avoided because they can impair coping skills and mental health.
  • Relax and recharge:

    Allow yourself some personal time. Adopt habits that will help you cope with stress and anxiety. Deep breathing and meditation are two methods that might be used to relax the mind. You can also relax by listening to peaceful music or reading a book.
  • Find purpose and meaning:

    Finding purpose every day is different for everyone, but it is a crucial element of maintaining good mental health. You could look for work that makes you feel valuable. Invest in connections and spend quality time with people who are important to you.
  • Seek help if you need it:

    People with difficulties dealing with stress and worry, or exhibiting symptoms of poor mental health, should see a specialist. Assuming mental health issues to resolve on their own can result in negative consequences.
  • It is also important to know when you need assistance. Talk therapy or medication can be used to treat mental illnesses. If you are perplexed by your current state of being depressed, begin by following these guidelines.

Spread positivity all around you.

Mental Health Matters!