May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Forgiveness is the best form of self-care. As we are dealing with isolation, loneliness, fear, and depression, with COVID-19, we need to pay attention to our mental health.
Nearly 450 million people are living with a mental illness. Only 1/3rd of those seek treatment. One in five people is said to be depressed. COVID-19 has brought more anxiety, depression, and mental health issues including thoughts of suicide.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and we all need to better our state of mind – especially with COVID-19. A healthy mindset is necessary during the isolation and challenging times we are in.
To have the highest physical health you must have mental health that reduces stress, anxiety, depression, anxiousness, etc. which fight off infection.
Why COVID-19 Effects Mental Health
More people are working from home, faced with unemployment, home-schooling their children, and lack of physical contact with others.
While adapting to these changes people are being challenged and so is their mental health. There are things we can do to give ourselves love, and self-care and now more than ever forgiveness of ourselves and for others is what will help us look after our mental health.
Some simple things you can do:
1. Create a routine or make new ones.
2. Maintain high levels of personal hygiene.
3. Eat healthy foods.
4. Drink a lot of water.
5. Avoid alcohol and smoking or vaping and other drugs.
6. Move your body every day.
7. Get sun for at least 20 minutes a day or at least fresh air.
8. Engage in hobbies and activities that make you happy.
9. Get plenty of rest/sleep.
10. Turn off Facebook newsfeed with news feed killer.
11. Avoid the news other than emergency updates locally.
It is normal to find faults with yourself during isolation. Forgiveness always begins with self-love and choosing to forgive yourself. Who cares if you sleep in? Or if you wear your pajamas all day? Love yourself. Be kind and gentle with yourself. Do the forgiveness exercises in this book.
During this pandemic, people are in fear and they are worried about their health and the health of others and spreading the virus. If you feel angry at others, the government, the disease, or people in other countries or health care workers, you need to notice this. If you are a parent and your children are asking for more attention and need you more, forgive them. They are trying their best to have routines and to figure out how to be children in our world.
If you feel alone and are angry with loved ones for not being in contact with you, do your best to connect with people on zoom, facetime, social media, email, etc.
Actions To Take
Follow the advice I have given so far. As a master life coach, clinical psychologist, and best-selling author in self-help, I know this book has made a massive difference for over 250 people. The processes are like a course or workbook for your mental health.
If you need a mental health provider, find a virtual one, or continue with one you already have.
Keep in touch with people who care.
If you are having increased feelings of fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression, or isolation, get support through a psychologist or support group.
Let us know what you need. We are here to help YOU!