The power of mental health in the face of the pandemic

Uncertainty, bad news, the loss of a loved one or close person can overwhelm and strain you. To face the situation and be resilient, you need to work on yourself, love yourself, protect your spirit, and be healthy.

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The power of mental health in the face of the pandemic
The power of mental health in the face of the pandemic

We are in a challenging time. COVID taught us the importance of being healthy and feeling fed up in the face of adversity in order to stay alive. In the past it was important for many to be successful, to have money, to be recognized or to have material goods, which for many people became secondary.

People have to be healthy in various areas of their life. In my experience, these are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and financial. All are important in order to be in personal balance and to improve an environment that will undoubtedly affect others. However, we will be focusing on mental health and the impact it has on your life and health, especially given the challenges COVID poses for us.

According to the Ministry of Health, at least 80% of people experience an increase in anxiety, fear, panic or terror during critical events such as disasters, humanitarian emergencies and epidemiological crises, which has a significant impact on mental health.

When we talk about mental health, the World Health Organization (WHO) is referring to the state of well-being when you are in your activities and are able to positively manage the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to your community .

Some symptoms or reactions you may experience when your mental health is compromised include:

  • Feeling anxious and worried about infecting you or your family.

  • Concern about your finances or your job stability.

  • Insomnia and changes in sleeping and eating habits.

  • Worsening chronic health problems.

  • Aggravation of mental health problems.

  • Excessive consumption of tobacco and / or alcohol or harmful substances.

  • Constant emotional changes, especially feelings of desolation, depression and anxiety.

  • Blame it for not being able to perform your normal duties or parental responsibilities when infected with COVID-19.

  • Sadness, anger, or frustration because you have lost a loved one and you cannot feel better.

  • Concern about the possibility of re-infection or disease, even if you have had COVID-19.

  • Other changes in emotional or mental health.

Among other things, some recommendations that will help you take care of yourself more calmly, better and above all about your mental health.

  1. Find a professional to help you with therapy to improve your mental and emotional health.

  2. Vibrate up and train your mind for the positive. Recognize and record your negative thoughts and emotions throughout the day.

  3. Exercise as it will help you relieve stress and insecurity, and better manage your emotions.

  4. Meditate, this is how you learn to be in the present and stop focusing on what didn’t work or what didn’t happen and that is probably what worries you.

  5. Do some research if necessary, but stop seeing toxic or negative news as it will only add to more stress and concern.

  6. Connect with humor and laughter. This will cause your body to get rid of happiness hormones and make you feel better.

  7. Eat healthy because you need to strengthen your defenses and send a signal to your body that you want it to be strong.

  8. Take a deep breath, do stretching exercises and connect with nature through digital media.

  9. Be grateful for all of the good things you have that have lived through the day or week.

  10. Avoid consuming excess alcohol and drugs as these weaken your immune system.

  11. Take a break to rest and relax, and incorporate activities that you enjoy either alone or with your family.

  12. Stay close to your vitamin people, those who inject you with energy, who listen to you and help you be a better person.

  13. Help others, they may be people in need, foundations, or communities as kindness helps you feel better and focus on the good that is happening to you.

I know that fear, insecurity, bad news, the loss of a loved one or close person can overwhelm and burden you, but to face the situation and be resilient you have to work on yourself, love yourself, on yourself take care of yourself, protect yourself. your mind to be sane.

Having mental health is not easy, it means that you have positive habits that will help you feel better and happier but most of all they will help in other areas of your life such as emotional, physical, spiritual and financial To be balance. So … let’s get down to work for your sanity!

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