Why You Must Prioritise Self-Care
The past year has been challenging for many people mostly due to the drastic change in our lifestyles and routines. The Covid-19 pandemic, in fact, had a significant impact on our lives, especially with changes to our professional and personal lives. With serious issues such as protecting ourselves from illness, job loss and restrictions on travel making it difficult to see our loved ones, issues such as mental health were largely swept to the side.
Living through the pandemic has amplified the need for self-care and appreciation and many advocates for mental health quickly spoke up and stressed the importance of maintaining a balanced state of mind.
Here are some tips on how to improve resilience during these tough times:
Focus on the positives
Make time to identify and celebrate the positive aspects we achieve on a daily basis, no matter how simple they are. Praising efforts and celebrating success is a way to uplift yourself and those around you.
When we feel happy, our body releases the happy hormone, dopamine, into our brains enabling us to relax and feel good. Several medical studies have proven the impact of mental health on our physical wellbeing. So, being happy and positive has very real implications on our physical health.
Remember the basics
Self-care is not about taking lavish vacations and spending money on spa treatments. In fact, some of the most effective measures are simple, such as getting enough sleep, exercising, spending quality time doing what you love and eating healthy food. We are all responsible for our own healthy body and mind.
Make human connections
Families who were separated by distance and travel restrictions believed that the pandemic brought them closer through the increased use of video calling. This technology did a lot for people’s mental state and brought people closer together.
Therefore, do not let distance be an excuse to not reach out to loved ones and check in on them. We are social beings and need to feel like we have a social network of people to talk to. Speaking to loved ones about your day-to-day activities and problems helps us de-stress and get our worries off our chests.
Do not be afraid to ask for help
According to a study by Morneau Shepell, a North American leader in integrated HR solutions, 75% of respondents surveyed for their Mental Health Index reported that the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health.
Self-care reduces stress and anxiety, so it is crucial to seek and regularly assess mental and emotional wellbeing to determine if any professional treatment is needed. Recognising signs of being overwhelmed is the first step towards improving your mental and emotional health. Do not be afraid to ask for help.