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Battling stress, anxiety and depression

There’s nothing wrong with reaching out especially when something is too much to handle.

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When your taste for Dalgona coffee dips, the joy in baking dissipates, TikTok fails to amuse, and books stop making sense, that’s when you know your mind is getting the best of you.

There is nothing much to do but get lost in your own thoughts. But worry not, since there are ways to get out of your mental slump.

Social media break
Sometimes, excessive use of social media affects our mental health. The platform is filled with unrealistic beauty standards, relationship “goals” that make you jealous instead of inspired, and negative comments and fake news abound.

It can also be bad for our bodies. Notice how you slouch when scrolling through your phone or how awkward your position gets when using the computer?

So, stretch that back and crack some bones! Give your eyes some loving and stay clear of technology glare.

SURROUND yourself with good people. / photograph courtesy of unsplash/toa heftiba

Meditate
Meditation can reduce stress, induce calmness and stimulate happiness. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings, just learning to observe them without judgment. In time, you may start to better understand them as well.

Value yourself
Treat yourself with respect, love and kindness. Everyone is allowed to feel down especially in these pandemic times. Though it looks like everything is not right, learning how to value yourself is a big step towards taking care of your mental health. You are worth it, you are loved, you matter.

Take care of your body
Eat healthy meals, drink plenty of water, do some workouts and get enough sleep. Taking a shower daily will also make you feel good.

Surround yourself with good people
Cutting off toxic people from your life can have a big impact on your mental health. Sometimes, it is easier to let them go than put up with their attitude. But it pays to get along with people who bring peace to your life. Always remember that your health is more important.

KEEP yourself busy. / photograph courtesy of unsplash/kelly sikkema

Set realistic goals
Think of what you want to achieve academically, professionally and personally. Write them down on a journal, or on a board you can see every day. But don’t pressure yourself. If you find yourself stumbling along the way, that’s okay. Dust yourself, start again, and say, “I can do this!” A little progress is still progress.

Stay productive
The pandemic disrupted our schedules, but you can always set new ones. The important thing is to keep yourself busy. It may be hard in the first few days but you’ll get the hang of it eventually.

Get help when you need it
There’s nothing wrong with reaching out especially when something is too much to handle. Health professionals point out that there are no quick fixes and people with severe cases still need to seek professional help. Never be ashamed to ask for help. Someone out there is willing to listen.

Together, we can survive this pandemic with a healthy mind, body and soul. with a healthy mind, body and soul.

 

with Angela Mae Moreno and Iya Lorraine Baring

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