IMPROVE YOUR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

Mental health encompasses the emotional resilience that enables us to enjoy life and to survive pain, disappointment and sadness, and an underlying belief in our own, and others’ dignity and worth. It also allows us to engage productively in and contribute to society or our community.

There are skills and practices a student can learn to improve mental wellness, and as time pass it turn into habits. Following are few tips to instill mental wellness in you:

MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Students with positive attitudes are apt to be happier, more successful and found to be more focused. In general, positive thoughts and positive attitude help create a better perspective on circumstances or events in day to day life and in turn help in meeting personal and educational goals.

DEVELOP EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE: Being mentally healthy doesn’t mean never going through bad times or experiencing emotional problems. Just as physically healthy people are able to bounce back from illness, people with good emotional health are better able to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. This ability is called resilience.

CREATING POSITIVES FROM NEGATIVE: A crisis – no matter how big or small – can seem monumental in a student’s life. Take crisis situation as an opportunity. Creative problem solving, like listing the positive things that can result from the problems a student is facing, can expand their options and help to cope and recover from problems.

REMEMBER TO LAUGH: Humor has been proven to be a great stress reducer. Laughing improves physical and mental health, as humor activates the brain’s reward and pleasure centers, generating emotions and relaxing the mind.

MENTAL HEALTH OF STUDENTS

Being a student can be stressful enough, but trying to juggle school work and other responsibilities while experiencing stressful life event can drag you down. It is seen that students can work through many challenges and still perform well in school. It is normal for students to feel stress and anxiety from time to time. However, if these feelings persist it has a devastating effect on students’ performance. Anxiety and stress may also manifest themselves physically, causing students to suffer from nausea, rapid heartbeat, dizziness and chest pain.

This year for World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated each year on 10th of October, the World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health have chosen “Psychological First Aid” as this year’s theme.

When you feel anxious, talking about it is a good start. You should know you are feeling anxious because you are confused, self-doubting because of some past event, or having negative beliefs.

Develop healthy sleep habits, be mindful of your meals, have a creative outlet for yourself, engage in good reads, unplugging from technology to develop relationships and better interpersonal skills and exercising regularly helps in producing endorphin. Endorphin trigger positive feeling in the body which in turn helps in having a positive outlook on life.