Why mental health during COVID-19 matters when everywhere you turn, every headline you see, COVID-19 is there. It’s impact on mental health is on the rise, many are experiencing increased stress, fear and worry as they are faced with the realities of the unknown.
There’s no playbook for COVID-19 or it’s potential long-term effects on the mental health of our nation, that’s why now more than ever, we need to go back to the basics. In a 2-part series
Mental health is rarely talked about and is often stigmatized unless it’s in connection with a crisis, trauma, loss or something to take care of.
Why Mental Health Matters?
Just like physical fitness is necessary to keeping your body and health in tip-top shape, being mentally fit and practicing mentally healthy habits is necessary for keeping your brain and emotional well-being in balance.
In a global pandemic, with so many uncertainties and unknowns, taking care of your emotional, psychological, and social well-being is necessary for surviving and thriving during these times.
What is Mental Health?
Mental health is something that everyone has. It affects our thinking, feelings and behaviors. Mental health is directly connected to how we handle and respond to stress, our ability to relate and connect with others and the choices and decisions that we make. It includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being (www.mentalhealth.gov).
Mental health and your overall well-being have an impact on:
- Your self-value and self-esteem
- Your resiliency and ability to bounce back and overcome challenges
- Your ability to maintain and accomplish your goals
- Your relationships and your ability to connect with others
No one is exempt from situations or circumstances having an effect on their mental health. No one experiences perfect mental health or well-being all the time, but it’s about finding a balance and being able to adjust and adapt to the changes in our life.
Take a moment to reflect on how the current situation may be affecting your mental health. Whether it’s in your:
- Work, home or school
- Thinking and decision making
- Energy levels
Have you noticed any shifts or changes lately? If so, it’s ok and you’re not alone. Being mindful and aware that life and situations and our reactions to those things can cause changes in our mental health, is the first step.
I encourage you to take some time this week and be intentional about checking in with yourself. Be patient and kind to yourself, give yourself permission to take some time for you to recharge.
We will get through this together!!
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