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  • Writer's pictureAmy Duffy-Barnes

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in a Stressful World

Living in a world where political tensions, pandemics, increasing climate change, financial insecurities, and other stressors exist can take a toll on our mental health. The constant barrage of negative news can be overwhelming, and it's easy to feel helpless and anxious. However, it's important to prioritize our mental health during these times. Here are some tips on how to maintain your mental health in a stressful world.

  1. Limit your exposure to negative news: While it's important to stay informed, constantly scrolling through news articles and social media can be overwhelming. Set boundaries for yourself and limit your exposure to negative news. Try to check the news only once or twice a day, and consider taking breaks from social media altogether. You can also control your newsfeed to put a temporary block on stressful sources.

  2. Practice self-care: Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether that is taking a bath, going for a hike, sitting in nature, or reading a book. Make self-care a priority and set aside time for it each day.

  3. Connect with others: While it may be tempting to isolate yourself during times of stress, connecting with others can provide a sense of support and comfort. Reach out to friends and family, attend virtual events or support groups, and consider therapy if you're struggling.

  4. Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. It can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try practicing mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or yoga.

  5. Take care of your physical health: Our physical and mental health are closely linked, so taking care of our physical health is important for our mental health. Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep.

  6. Seek professional help: If you're struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Therapy and medication can be incredibly beneficial in managing mental health conditions.

In conclusion, maintaining our mental health during times of stress is crucial. By limiting our exposure to negative news, practicing self-care, connecting with others, practicing mindfulness, taking care of our physical health, and seeking professional help when needed, we can prioritize balancing our mental health and navigating the challenges of a stressful world. Remember, it's okay to not be okay, and seeking help is a sign of strength.

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