One‟s mental health is crucial to ones overall well-being. This component of your health affects your ability to function intellectually, emotionally, and socially, among other things.

Given how crucial your mental health is in every element of your life, it's critical to protect and develop your mental health through suitable measures.

We'll be discussing risk factors and indications that may suggest mental discomfort because varied conditions might affect your mental health. But, most importantly, we'll go through all of the advantages of maintaining good mental health.

Despite advancements in some nations, people with mental illnesses frequently face human rights abuses, discrimination, and stigma.

Despite the fact that many mental health illnesses can be adequately treated at a minimal cost, the gap between those who need care and those who have access to it remains wide. Treatment coverage that is effective is still at an all-time low.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have caused numerous changes in your life, including uncertainty, disrupted daily routines, financial strains, and social isolation. You may be concerned about getting sick, the duration of the epidemic, whether your employment will be affected, and what the future holds. Overabundance of information, rumours, and disinformation can make you feel out of control and leave you unsure of what to do.

You may suffer tension, anxiety, fear, despair, and loneliness as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. Mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, can deteriorate.

When compared to surveys conducted before to the pandemic, studies show a significant rise in the number of adults in the United States reporting symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Some people have increased their drink or drug consumption in the hopes of coping with their anxieties about the pandemic. In actuality, these drugs can exacerbate anxiety and despair.

If people with substance use problems develop COVID-19, their results are likely to be worse, especially if they are hooked to tobacco or opioids. Because these addictions can impair lung function and damage the immune system, they can lead to chronic illnesses including heart disease.

Over 17 million Americans, or roughly 7% of the population, experienced “at least one major depressive episode” in 2017, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In the United States, anxiety, which frequently overlaps with depression, is considerably more widespread. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), over 40 million Americans, or nearly one-fifth of the population, will “have an anxiety condition in any given year.”

When compared to surveys conducted before to the pandemic, studies show a significant rise in the number of adults in the United States reporting symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Some people have increased their drink or drug consumption in the hopes of coping with their anxieties about the pandemic. In actuality, these drugs can exacerbate anxiety and despair.

If people with substance use problems develop COVID-19, their results are likely to be worse, especially if they are hooked to tobacco or opioids. This is because these addictions can impair lung function and weaken the immune system, leading to chronic diseases like heart disease and lung illness, which raise the chance of significant COVID-19 consequences.

Self-care techniques

Self-care practises can help you take control of your life and improve your emotional and physical health. To improve your mental health, take care of your body and mind and connect with people.

Take good care of yourself.

Make sure you get enough rest. Every day, go to bed and wake up at the same hour. Even if you're staying at home, stick to your regular sleep-wake routine.

Regularly engage in physical activities. Regular exercise and physical activity can help to alleviate anxiety and enhance mood. Find a movement-based activity, such as dance or fitness applications. Take a walk outside, whether it's on a nature trail or in your own backyard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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