25 ways to take care of your mental and physical health.
It is important that you take care of yourself, especially your mental and physical health. If there is a time when mental and emotional health has become increasingly important, it’s no other time than now, this year 2020 which has seen a catalogue of events and significant challenges all over the world; the main one being COVID 19 pandemic.
The difficulties and challenges faced by all nations, communities, families and individuals range from minor to major and severe; and cuts across every sphere of life including the economy, social impact, employment issues, eduction and mental and physical health problems etc.
At the beginning of the lockdown, there was the initial chaos and concerns about survival, now the world is faced with challenges and numerous changes that are taking place to ensure the world is ‘COVID secure’. Life is no longer as we know it and this is affecting the mental health of majority of individuals.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised that the need for support mentally and psychologically over the next coming months and years, is likely to significantly increase as a result of the direct and indirect impact of the pandemic. This has led to WHO increased investment in mental health this year and WHO is seizing the opportunity of the world mental health day this year to host a global online advocacy event on mental health.
The aim of the event is to raise increased awareness of what we can all do to improve our mental health and to help ensure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.
It’s important that we all get involved, not only on the day but beyond 10 October, to make sure we continue to do all that’s necessary to support our health and build resilience.
What can you do to support your mental and physical health?
Lets look at 25 ways to take care of your physical and mental health
- Abide by the government measures, general hygiene and preventative measures; for your sake and the sake of others.
- Boost your immune system by eating healthy options, and proper nutrition.
- Call up a friend or a family member, colleague, and or your neighbour to check on them. If we all do our part, no one should feel isolated.
- Deal with your anxiety or concerns – reach out to the appropriate professional, support groups, your doctor or MH first wider etc.
- Engage in what you love doing and love what you are doing. Exercise and energise yourself.
- Fund or support a project or good cause if you can, no matter how little. Something is better than nothing.
- Give every aspect of your life reasonable attention. Give yourself a break. Get some fresh air. Go for a long walk in the park, stretch and move around more.
- Hold on to Hope and don’t lose hope. Help is nearer and closer than you think.
- Ignore doubt, distractions, disappointments and discouragement.
- Join regular meetings virtually via zoom to share and discuss issues and way forward with like-minded people e.g. lunch hour fellowship, wellbeing cafe etc
- Kill negative thoughts quickly and immediately.
- Love yourself, love others, and laugh more.
- Mindset matters. Making sense of it all.
- Nourish your soul and connect spiritually.
- Openly discuss and engage in mental health issues in your work team and family. Everyone is affected one way or another.
- Pray regularly and practice mindful awareness.
- Quit smoking, quit drugs, and quit excessive alcohol.
- Reverse negativity by practicing gratitude. Appreciate the small things.
- Sleep is very important. A good quality sleep is key for both physical and mental wellness. If you are experiencing issues, seek help.
- Take care of yourself. Self-care isn’t selfish. Take time to look after you.
- Understanding ‘growth over gain’ and ‘progress over perfection’ helps.
- Voice your concerns and opinions. Don’t shut down or feel intimidated to talk.
- Whining or complaining all the time to everybody about everything is not healthy for your mind; instead focus on one good thing and celebrate your small wins.
- You are responsible for your own health and happiness. Don’t let the opinions of others weigh you down.
- Zestfully meet any health challenge.
Your health is your responsibility
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are so many other things that can be done to support your health. This is just a guide and some very useful pointers/ tips.
For more advice or information regarding mental health or your personal health circumstances or any medical condition, get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. Don’t ignore symptoms, no matter how small.