By Oluwatobi Fagbuaro
Since the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, much attention has been directed to the prevention, with a specific goal of further identifying the virus in relation to the general well-being of physical, social, and mental health.
Humans, on the other hand, have had to radically adapt to stay alive after learning how the corona virus works. Wearing a face mask, washing hands with soap and water on a daily basis, and shutting non-essential companies which has led to financial hardship and social distancing.
Without dismissing the fact that the pandemic has resulted in a significant uptick in mental health disorders, causes such as isolation, elevated stress levels due to financial hardship, unhealthy diet, and increased opioid and tobacco consumption have emerged.
Yet it should be recognized that mental health is an important topic of any debate of interest. Mental Health illness like depression and anxiety can negatively impact one’s ability to deal with stress, it is also important to understand that these illnesses impair overall life functioning.
The Image above illustrate how people can further boost their mental health by participating in events such as dancing, running, yoga and seeking help.
What is the importance of your mental and physical well-being? it allows people to realize their full potential and increases productivity. It helps maintain social life and cordial relations with people, It helps build a sense of belonging and self-worth.
According to research, mastering a new skill can help people improve their mental health. Act of kindness and giving can elicit optimistic thoughts, which can serve to strengthen attitudes and increase self-esteem. Mindfulness can also make people better understand themselves and getting professional help if you need it . In 1991, Dahlgren and Whitehead drew a diagram explaining the social determinants of health which would help understand it in a greater perspective.
Finally, mental health status is related to actions at all phases of life. It increases the person’s quality of life which can be enhanced by social and individual behavior. Improvements in the social and physical environment, both scheduled and unplanned, may enhance mental health. As a result, our mental wellbeing and our behaviors or responses to it are directly proportional.