Making everyone in the world more aware of the issues that are faced by people struggling with mental health is a great way to offer the beginning of a solution to the problem. The more people know, the more they can do to aid with the prevention or seek out help.
That’s why we have World Mental Health Day. The overall aim of this day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise support for mental health. October 10 is observed as ‘World Mental Health Day’. The day provides an opportunity to think about what more can be done to make mental health care a reality. Apart from other things, the Corona pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health.
Today, people are suffering from mental disorders – including anxiety and depression – and the reason is partly that there’s nobody to share and also because of the effects of the pandemic. And stress should be considered a problem, be it at home or at the workplace.
Importance of managing stress
If you are living with high levels of stress, you are putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. It may seem like there is nothing you can do about it. The bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. Listed are some of the stress management tips can help you do that.
- Identify the sources of stress
Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. This is not as straightforward as it sounds. While it’s easy to identify major stressors such as changing jobs, moving, or going through a divorce, pinpointing the sources of chronic stress can be more complicated. It’s all too easy to overlook how your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute to your everyday stress levels.
- Start talking about the issue
Although there is a time and a place for this, talking can help the brain to process through feelings and thoughts so that they can be managed a little at a time, which can help to avoid feelings of overwhelm. Choose a trusted friend, or take advantage of a mental health professional or counselor who will act as a good listener.
- Connect with others
Joining a mental health support group – either online or in person – can help you deal with feelings of isolation and make you realise that you are not alone in your feelings and experiences.
- Avoid people who stress you out
If someone consistently causes stress in your life, limit the amount of time you spend with that person, or end the relationship. If you allow others to make you stressed, you are allowing them to control you.
- It’s not personal
Remember that other people’s judgements often come from a lack of understanding rather than anything else. These judgments are made before they get to know you, so do not believe that their views have anything to do with you personally.
- Don’t try to control the uncontrollable
Many things in life are beyond our control, particularly the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.
- Take up a relaxation practice
Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the fight or flight or mobilization stress response. As you learn and practice these techniques, your stress levels will decrease and your mind and body will become calm and centered.
Participate in the events
Various events will be hosted in-person and online this World Mental Health Day that help to educate and provide support around the topic of mental health. These might range from seminars and symposiums to marches or other events. In 2020, the WHO featured a 24-hour March for Mental Health which included a 24-hour Livestream with participants in at least 19 different countries through the Speak Your Mind campaign. Other partners included the Human Rights Watch and Alzheimer’s Disease International. Get in touch with any of these organizations or others that might be hosting events related to World Mental Health Day this year and in the coming years.