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With the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, physical and mental health fitness has become a popular topic of discussion. Doctors advised the masses to focus on their physical wellbeing and boost their immunity through healthy eating. This advice is certainly true, as improved physical health increases the chances of a patient’s recovery. However, when COVID-19 took its toll and the world started witnessing lockdowns, the fear and anxiety made their way to another very significant issue, i.e., mental health.

Mental health is often overlooked concern. It is mostly an afterthought as opposed to something that could be the main cause of someone’s suffering. However, over the past few years, mental health has gotten some attention, as people now consider it essential to discuss their issues. Also, with the current pandemic affecting the entire world in numerous ways, countering its negative consequences such as unemployment, illnesses, social distancing, and deaths have become very important.

If you are suffering from anxiety and deteriorating mental health, know that you are not alone. Here, we’ve discussed four ways to help you combat mental health issues:

  1. Share Your Thoughts

Often when we are at our lowest and battling some major mental health issues, sharing it out with someone seems like the least preferable option. We are full of doubts about whether people will ever understand the intensity of our troubles. Also, in such a situation opening up to someone and being judged at various levels often worsens the situation.

However, it is always best to seek help from your trustworthy family members or friends to share your problems. They can help you sort out confusing thoughts and unsettling emotions. You can also consider seeking help from a health professional in case things remain the same.

These days numerous professionals, including nurses, are trained to tackle mental health issues. Given the rise in mental health issues, several universities now offer BSN to DNP programs online for nurses to equip them with the skills required to deal with mental health issues. You can pay a visit and talk it out with a professional if opening up to your family and friends seems like a tough thing to do.

  • Practice Physical and Mental Workouts

Experts reveal that keeping a consistent routine of workouts can help reduce anxiety, depression, and other symptoms relating to mental health. Exercise helps you sleep better and is an effective way to manage stress. Physical activity in the gym can help you release endorphins – a chemical known to reduce stress and relieve pain. However, going to the gym is not always necessary. You can also stroll around the park in the morning or prefer other physical activities such as swimming to keep yourself fit.

Just like every other organ in our body, our brain also functions better when we work it out more. A mind that stays stagnant and is not challenged often falls prey to negative thoughts and anxieties. We have all heard the English proverb,

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