The Importance of Mental Health and Stress Management During the Pandemic
Mental Health has seen a significant decline in the past year in light of the Pandemic. The mandatory lockdowns restrict people's access to the outside world. In addition to this, the protocols that were set in motion to prevent the spread of the virus greatly impacted normal social interaction, which prevented the physical opening of offices.
According to a recent survey, around 41.1% of the US Adult population state that they have experienced a depressive episode during the past year. The numbers are similar for most of Europe as well. This calls for better stress management and mental health in individuals.
6 ways to manage stress and mental health
When facing difficulties in handling stress, it is always recommended to seek professional help. However, there are certain ways individuals can take charge of their mental health. They are as follows:
Creating a Schedule
Humans can only be functional during particular hours in the day. These "hours of working" can differ depending on the preference of an individual. Therefore, creating a schedule before work or class and after can also contribute to better mental health. The creation of a schedule will also contribute to stress management.
Keeping in "contact"
Many people, especially the younger generation, live alone. Therefore, video calling or messaging loved ones and friends is a crucial aspect of beating those feelings of loneliness.
Exercise, Cleanliness, and Healthy Eating are core requirements for keeping one's mentally healthy. It is important to note that cleanliness is applicable to one's surroundings as well.
Limiting Screen Time
Exposure to screens can not only affect one's sleep cycle but also potentially add to the stress. Experts claim that constantly scrolling through social media platforms that perpetuate certain ideals or through negative news can impact one's health negatively.
Designation of Workspace
It is crucial to program one's mind to be productive through external stimulus as well. One effective method to do so is by designating one part of the house exclusively as an "office space".
The primary goal of reducing one's stress is to take time off to cool down. The weekend is the perfect time to do so by indulging in hobbies or setting up family zoom calls.
Feeling stressed in a work from home situation is common. However, some lifestyle changes can help improve one's mental health and stress management capabilities. It is important to note here that self-help remedies should never be a replacement for professional help.
Why I have trouble to meditate when I am stressed
I often meet people with very anxious telling me "I tried meditation and it is not working for me, I can't concentrate." Of course, one can't concentrate on your body in the "alert" survival state. In the "survival state", your body reacts as if there was a lion standing next to you ready to attack, do you think this is the right time for you to sit under a tree and meditate on the meaning of life? When our body is working on "danger - I have to survive" there is no way that you can just relax.
There is a huge body of scientific proof about the fact emotions can be trap in our body.
Being a biologist and knowing the science behind but also learning in my TRE® (Tention & Trauma Releasing Exercises).
In my practice, I am coming across clients who experience trauma and are very surprised with how they are feeling after the session.
We have a tendency to think of trauma as something that happens to us, which is not true. TRAUMA is a dysregulation in the nervous system which happen after something happen to us.
More than that, this reaction is healthy and normal, and necessary to survive, the problem starts when the nervous system does not have the opportunity to regulate itself.
Our body is constantly receiving messages from the surrounding, also the nervous system is getting information about what is going on inside the body. Most of that activity we are totally not aware of. Does it affect our mood? Of course! Think about it what our ancestors need it to do when they faced danger, they need to localize and put them self out of the situation. The thoughts created in this state are suspicious and full of dark scenarios and the thought process is fast.
This kind of scenario is leading to a vicious circle situation. Tension in the body unctuously is producing a negative thinking process and dark thoughts are triggering more tension in the body.
What is the solution? There is no simple answer to the complex question, but in my opinion combination of psychological help and regulating the nervous system on the body level is bringing positive results for many people.
How to deal with the anger
Introduction to Tention &Trauma Releasing ExerisesTRE® and body awareness
We often have a tendency to train our bodies and stretch the tense mussels, we often are getting angry at our bodies when we are feeling tension. We are our body, mind, and emotions, these parts are only separate in our mind, we are one whole organism, and anything that is going on inside the body affects the mind. Animals will release build-up tension true the body, the dog will bite the cat will scratch when it feels threatened. We often on the body level want to release energy too. This simple exercise can help close down the process by completing the cartoon movements.
Relesing buld up anger exerise :
After a hard day's work when you come home, so stand and feel your body, take a few breaths, then take a pillow and start boxing into it. then lie down in the fetal position and start breathing deeply, you can repeat the whole process if you still feel angry. Then lie on your back and do a few minutes of TRE. After the whole process, deep relaxation or meditation.