Most of us have come across the state of declining N in the last year. The pandemic has changed so many things in our lives today. People are becoming aware of the issues on mental health. The month of May is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month. The two terms languishing and re-entry anxiety were the most trending topics in the last few months. Many celebrities talked about the serious issues on mental health and even participated in different activities to create awareness and help people suffering. The issue is so huge that not just a month but an entire year is needed to create awareness to help overcome this difficulty. When we talk about mental health, its different from the concept of mental illness. So people should be openly talking about their experiences and what they have gone through during the pandemic.
What does the words “health” actually mean?
By the World Health Organisation, Health is the well being of your social, mental and physical state rather than the absence of any health disease. Health doesn’t mean the absence of depression or anxiety but the ability to cope with it and do your day to day activities with a good state of mind. Mental Health is not always constant. Its like a fluid with changes with time in everyone’s life. To feel better should first come from you. However, there is no prediction of who is going to feel better or when. For example, we have seen that the effects the pandemic has caused had a different level of impact on different people. For a few, the improvement will be faster, whereas, for others, things may take time to heal.
What is meant by being “Mental Health”?
If talking about the struggles you face because of mental health is normal or even having them is normal, we must also know what it feels like to feel better. The first thing you should be doing every morning is to ask yourself the very question of how you are doing or how you are feeling. You should do this regularly as it becomes very important to analyze your state of physical and emotional health. We need to self-assess ourselves because we spent days after days without thinking about how we feel until we get into some crisis. If you are feeling any of these emotions, including pleased, content, joyful, happy, satisfied or even optimistic, it shows that your mental health is quite good. To have feelings other than being happy is also normal.
Keeping track of your daily mental health and being aware of it helps you know the changes and when a change occurs for how long it is lasting. To do this, there are many apps available now. Going through the daily records, you will get to know when you start feeling worse and what can be done beforehand to resolve it and stay well.
Following quality sleep hygiene
Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining a good functional workday or a relationship happy even if things are stressful and good mental health. Taking care of self comes from quality sleep. An adult human should take proper sleep of at least 7 hours at night. You should also ask yourself whether you feel rested or feel fully energetic for the entire day in the morning. One can also maintain healthy sleep by following sleep hygiene. Now, what do we understand by sleep hygiene? It includes following a routine of going to bed at night and waking up in the morning every day at the same time. It also includes sleeping only when you feel sleepy and not like taking irregular naps. You can also take a bath before going to bed like you used to do in your childhood, wearing your night suits, listening to some bedtime stories for which many apps are available now, or listening to some soothing music.
We usually observe that we can do our daily life routine with all interest and enthusiasm when we feel mentally healthy. When we suffer through depression, we usually feel like isolating ourselves and have no interest in doing anything, and when it comes to anxiety, we feel like avoiding our social activities. However, you love doing everything again, including watching your favourite television show, reading the book you left halfway or again planning fun activities with your friends and family. When we find ourselves mentally healthy, we find happiness in everything that we or others do. We again start responding to the calls and texts we receive with interest.
When we don’t feel mentally healthy, we set boundaries and sometimes remove certain things from our daily schedule. When we frame certain boundaries, it is good to do as you will know what you want or your capabilities, and you start valuing your needs. When we do so, we sometimes feel guilty to have boundaries, but it becomes essential to protect ourselves. When you don’t like doing certain things, you have the right to say no. this can be done subtly. Prioritize your mental health first always. You should go on vacations or take breaks. Being vocal about your needs and making them happen is a good sign of being mentally healthy.
Have someone with whom you can be honest and vulnerable
To have someone in your life with whom you can share everything openly and turn to them when you feel anxious, angry or sad. Social support from a friend is a very important thing in everyone’s lives because sometimes, even when you don’t observe the changes in your mental health, the other person might.
Therapy is a good sign of health
Talking to your partner is a great option when you feel low, but getting therapy is also a way to go. You don’t have to be suffering to get therapy. Therapy makes you aware of your mental health and makes you even better in your relationships or job, even if there is no such struggle. Getting therapy is like an exercise that is a part of your daily routine.