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21 January 2021 | 6 min read

Mental Health Awareness: Tips To Improve Your Mental Health

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Sometimes, waking up in a bad mood might seem like the end of the world and drastically impact our mental health. Mental health awareness is now necessary for everyone, especially in these times. Maybe the stress of the current state of the world might be getting to you, or possibly losing your daily routine may be a harder thing to shake. After all, human beings are social animals, and many of us find our solace out in the open, hugging our loved ones while being in touch with colleagues, catching up with friends, travelling, and a whole lot of other outdoor activities.

PS – Long-lasting negative moods might be more serious. We advise you to talk to your medical doctor if negative emotions persist or are affecting your appetite, sleep, or relationships.

The best way to tackle unhealthy coping mechanism is by recognizing them as early as possible – this means that any activity that is detrimental to your physical, psychological, or emotional health needs to address as soon as possible. Not all coping mechanisms are suitable, so make sure that if you are indulging in any of the below, you take a break and unwind in a better manner.

Unhealthy Ways That Affect Mental Health:

1. Binge-Watching Shows And Movies

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Netflix and Chill! is like the new life mantra. Ask anyone, and they would prefer watching something over Netflix than catch up over a call or video with friends and family. We do not recommend you to completely stop watching movies or series but also, take out some time to connect with your loved ones. We know life has come to a standstill, but that does not mean we cut ties and distance ourselves from our friends and family we have.

2. Diet Matters

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There are two categories to this. The first ones are those that are home and eating at every possible interval, the unhealthiest things available at home. The second category is those who are living alone and often skip meals. We know times and tough, work schedules are hectic, and household chores top it all to make things even more stressful, but skipping meals is just going to hamper your health more. Eating at odd hours is the worst kind of torture you could be giving your body. This can truly affect your mental health in a harsh way.

3. Overworking

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Balancing work and personal life, especially during COVID-19, can be a very stressful and daunting task. This is especially true because now you have to manage both of them from the same space, thereby blurring the line between the two activities. It’s easy to make work a distraction, especially when working from home feels like you’re always “on-call.” But doing so can have unsatisfactory results like job resentment, mental burnout, and work-life imbalance.

If you have been working for more works during WFH, you will realize that overworking is having adverse mental and physical effects. When you find yourself mindlessly creating work for yourself, step away from the office or desk and work on something that will act as a creative outlet. These can include reading a good book, cooking a good meal or spending time catching up with friends on video calls.

4. Not Following A Proper Routine

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Life has come to a standstill for the entire world. The whole world’s workforce has shifted to a work-from-home model, which has blurred the line between work hours and personal hours. This has resulted in significant problems in our daily lives and our mental well-being. With our routines gone for a toss, we sleep at odd hours, work at odd hours, eat whenever we are either hungry or bored without setting a time for anything.

But here’s the good news: happiness is not a circumstance or a reaction to the environment; it’s a skill. A bad day {or a week, or month} is only bad if you decide to stay in that state of mind. And there are quite a few things that you can do to improve your mental health.

Here are a few trusted ways to improve mental health:

1. Envision Your Happy Place

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It might sound like a cliché, but the old-school advice to “envision your happy place” can sometimes turn out to be helpful. Is there a particular place that brings you warm fuzzy memories?

Maybe it’s the beach vacation that you took last year or reading books in your childhood home. Closing your eyes and envisioning yourself in this happy place could help, but you can also try to recreate this “place” as best as you can from the comfort of your own home.

2. Try Yoga Or Meditation

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Anything that takes you out of your head and back into your body can help with feeling out of control. That is why exercises are considered a great mood booster, but less strenuous activities like yoga can help centre you.

Try practicing yoga when you’re feeling stressed and focus on taking deep breaths with each movement (think “inhale” and “exhale” to stay focused). Breathing exercises are also a simple way to destress yourself at any point in time.

3. Learn New Hobbies

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Sometimes you might have a lot of excess energy that you don’t know what to do with, so channel that energy into creating something. Whether or not you consider yourself a creative person, everyone can “create” something. Pick anything that you like, whether it’s journaling, cooking, dancing, playing the guitar, sketching, or scrapbooking – schedule time in your day to let your creative energies flow. It’s excellent for mental health.

4. Connect With Your Friends/Family

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A phone call always helps you connect with another and distract your mind from negative thoughts. A long, stressful workday? The voice of your favourite person is a stress buster. Text friends daily to see how they’re doing, use online apps to check in with family members and keep up with your social schedule routine {like happy hours or coffee dates with your friends–virtual, of course} – it is sure to make you feel more satisfied and connected.

5. Learn To Switch Off

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Everyone knows that getting enough quality sleep is crucial for mental health. But often, we are either working vigorously on our laptops or scrolling through Instagram until the minute our head hits the pillow. The problem with the modern lifestyle is that the body needs time to ease into sleep. That is why you must spend at least 30 minutes before bed without any screens, distractions, or stressors. Take a bath, do some light stretching, or sip a chamomile tea and read a book.

Nobody knows what the future holds but worrying about it won’t help us in any way. Hence, we recommend you get the insurance that will help you lessen your problems. A lot of COVID-19 insurance policies are available in the market today, which will aid in helping curb the concerns for your future. We suggest the DBS bank COVID-19 insurance for its simplified procedure when it comes to claims.

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