• Tanya Louise

Health: Supporting Your Own Mental Health During a Global Pandemic



Living through unprecedented times can mean many people struggle with the extra stress this has placed on their mental health.


There is no denying that recent events have proven to be a tipping point as far as people's mental health is concerned and with many more people than ever seeking medical support to help them come to terms with what is happening and changes to life as we know it, there has been a huge shift in people's perceptions of those struggling with mental health issues.






If you are struggling you must talk to someone and get the process started to receive the right kind of help for you, be it therapy, medication or other routes.


Toxic Positivity


Removing toxic positivity is vital to help you process what is happening and any changes in your mood and behaviour. What exactly is toxic positivity? It is the act of forcing others to be happy and grateful for everything in their life all the time. Negating people's feelings or not allowing them to feel negative feelings can be damaging and harmful going forward. So next time you tell people you are struggling, and they respond with something along the lines of "there are others worse off than you" or "you will be fine you just need to have a more positive attitude" remove yourself from the situation and allow yourself to be surrounded by people who let you experience what you are feeling without making you feel bad for feeling that way. I am a believer in practising gratitude, but you must also acknowledge your feelings in order to heal.


Remove Stress


Easier said than done, but putting coping mechanisms for stress into action can slowly help you manage your stress levels and work towards removing unwanted and excess stress in your life.

Use notepads to write down what is worrying you, try turning it around and looking at the problem another way and create a plan to resolve the issue. Open up to someone you trust who can help you share the burden and brainstorm how you can work through what is causing you stress. CBD Organics has a range of CBD oil to help you manage stress levels and work through your problems, including high levels of anxiety.

Take it one day at a time. At a pace, you are comfortable with so as not to increase your stress levels as you try to combat the problems you are facing.


Exercise


Exercise can come in many forms, it isn't a band-aid for mental health issues and nor should it be used as one. It may be the last thing you feel like doing, however, there are proven health benefits from regular exercise, including your mental health. Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel happier.

You need to find the right type of exercise for you, but you can start by simply moving about more. Try increasing your walking each day, even more household chores can be beneficial for you.

For some people, a gym workout, or working out at home helps them manage their mental health better and makes them feel better. The exercise you do must benefit both your mind and body and be one that you can sustain to feel the benefit long term.



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