In 2022, the tagline or theme for World Mental Health Day is "Make mental health & well-being for everyone a worldwide priority." According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in eight persons worldwide had mental health problems before the COVID-19 epidemic. However, there was an absence of adequate financial and physical resources dedicated to mental health.
There was a worldwide increase in psychological strain due to the pandemic. The virus irrevocably changed people's lives. Recent interstate warfare and religiously motivated bloodshed have further added to the music.
WHO estimates that over 700,000 individuals worldwide take their own lives each year due to emotional distress. This year, on October 10, we celebrate World Mental Health Day, which draws attention to the role that prejudice and discrimination play in the lives of individuals who struggle with mental health issues. It advocates for equal access to healthcare and social acceptance.
1. Electronic & Social Media break
We should put our phones on quiet while we're with loved ones, just as we would for a professional meeting. Depression, loneliness, envy, anxiety, and overall unhappiness with life have all been linked to excessive use of social media. An electronic and social media break, or "digital detox," involves limiting or eliminating your use of such tools. It's a chance to do something you like, hang out with people you care about or chill out. Taking a break from social media might help you focus on the present and have more meaningful interactions with others.
Taking a vacation from technology allows you to better appreciate life by decreasing distractions, encouraging introspection, and improving sleep.
2. Identify your ideal and actual self
If you're being honest with yourself, it's good for your mental health. Acknowledging the existence of an issue is the first step toward fixing it. It's simpler to deceive others than to deceive yourself, so pay close attention to your sentiments and be truthful with yourself at all times. Learn to differentiate between your ideal and authentic self. The first step in becoming your perfect self is realizing who or what inspired you to want to change. The ability to believe in and trust oneself is just as important as being truthful with oneself.
3. Stress management
You may take action to reduce the stress you're under at work and home, even if it seems like you have no say in the matter. In order to be happier, healthier, and more productive in life, you need to learn how to effectively manage your stress.
The ultimate goal is to live a well-rounded life in all aspects, including work, relationships, leisure, pleasure, and resilience in the face of adversity.
We may learn to deal with any novel or unusual circumstance by analyzing how we respond to stress and other stimuli. Although the idea of striking a balance between work and personal life is unattainable, it is nevertheless necessary to experiment with various stress-reduction strategies until you find the one that works best for you.
4. Practice self-love
Realizing that each day is a blessing shows that you take life seriously and appreciate the value of who you are. Due to our hectic schedules, we sometimes fail to appreciate how brief our lives are and how valuable we really are. What challenges you've overcome and what levels of courage you've shown in each circumstance can only be known by you and your heart.
Admit that you are worthy of love and acceptance, and give in to the wonderful person that you are. Self-love and the realization that one is valuable to have been related to less negative emotions, more fulfillment in life, and the ability to bounce back from setbacks.
5. Do not be afraid to ask for help.
Seeking assistance for mental health issues requires bravery but may pay huge dividends. For the sake of fostering a more caring and joyful society, it is crucial that we recognize the importance of teaching healthy help-seeking behaviours. Because of the importance of fighting to eliminate the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illness, this is the case. Seeking therapy has a positive impact on our mental health, as well as our social and professional life. One's quality of life may be improved, coping strategies learned, connections formed, and overall stress reduced if one learns to ask for help when one needs it.