Tomorrow, October 10th, is globally recognized as World Mental Health Day. This year has brought about many new and unique challenges in our lives, making mental health a top concern for both employers and individuals alike. The ability to keep a positive mindset amid the massive uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the upcoming presidential election is a struggle for most—no matter your demographic.
There is no doubt the pandemic has heightened fear, anxiety, and stress in all of our lives. As reported by the Center for Disease Control, over 40% of adults in the United States are struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders, yet few are receiving the proper treatment. In honor of World Mental Health Day, we wanted to share some simple ways to manage and strengthen your mental health in hopes we can prevent this statistic from growing significantly higher. Just as you would go to the gym or adopt a healthy eating regimen to maintain optimal physical health, you should also exercise your mind. Read on for four ways to manage and strengthen your mental health in these uncertain times.
Start with Positive Self Talk
Alter your internal dialogue and try to focus on the positive whenever possible. Positive thinking can be an effective stress management tool, so take the time to check in with your feelings, identify negative self-talk traps, and find the humor in life—even when it may seem inconceivable.
Take time for YOU
It is critical for individuals to take the time to relax and unwind from daily life. Take 10 minutes to process your stressors and create a plan to address them going forward. Take time for “self-care”—do something that brings you joy, whether that be reading a book, taking a hot bath or cooking a meal.
Do something each day to stay physically active. Take a walk, go for a bike ride, walk the stairs in your home. Incorporate various types of physical activity into your daily routine.
Maintain Your Relationships
Find safe ways to socialize—stay connected to friends and family by hosting a virtual game night, send handwritten letters to loved ones, or join an online community to engage with those who have similar interests.
For more information on mental health, read ‘More Prevalent Than Cancer, Heart Disease, or Diabetes: What Are You Doing to Address Mental Health?’
If you would like more information and resources on how to support your business needs and operations visit MJ’s COVID-19 Resource Center.