Today’s subject will be something that I hold near and dear to my heart and that’s Mental Health. The holidays can spark different emotions and trigger painful memories for many. Everyone in the world has been affected in some form by the pandemic and handle stress in different ways. Here are a few things to keep in mind and signs you can look out for, with your family members and friends.
Avoid Too Much Isolation
“Loneliness is dangerous. It’s addicting. Once you see how peaceful it is, you won’t want to deal with people”
Yes it is awesome to be alone, especially when you have been around the same 4 people, in the same house, doing the same things day in and day out during the pandemic. But being alone for days and weeks at time, can be very dangerous. Your mind can play out situations leaving you to figure out what is real or not. Remember, the longer you are by yourself, the more time you have to ponder.
If you or someone you know is by themselves willingly or not, engage with them with complete attention and intention. A simple conversation can go a long way.
Breathe, Slow Down
Life is way too short to be over-reacting to petty things. I find myself rushing through my day just to have “me time“. On days like that I feel clammy and irritated over tiny things. This slows down my momentum or completely stops me dead in my tracks. A technique I picked up and use is to simply breathe. I breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds and release for 5 seconds. Try this technique the next time you feel like life is moving too fast to handle.
Experience Something New
This pandemic has given us more free time than any of us could have asked for. Why not use it to your advantage and find something that genuinely brings you happiness. Try out something that you never would have because of being too busy. This year for me, I worked on writing poetry and created this dope blog. Your new hobby could open doors that you never thought would open for you other wise.
Find beauty in the mundane, check on your loved ones and ask yourself will this even matter in 5 – 10 years down the line. Adopt the phrase, “I can handle this!” for when life gets a little too hectic, because you can.