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We are all familiar with the popular saying in English which states “Health is wealth”. I’m sure if you understand exactly what it really means, you would surely agree with me that it is very true Particularly now, when the entire globe suffers from the wide spread of the pandemic, everyone talks about how to improve your physical health and prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Just as physical health is important, it is equally important for usto also be aware of our mental health which helps in maintaining a balanced life. As the entire globe stand together to fight against the Novel Corona virus, we have been subjected to change in the way we live.

This has led to people suffering from mental illness of different kinds. So I thought it would be useful for us to understand some important things one needs to keep in mind to stay mentally strong.

1. Talk about your feelings – Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.

2. Keep active – Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.

3. Eat well – Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

4. Drink sensibly – We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

5. Keep in touch – There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face, but that’s not always possible. You can also give them a call, drop them a note, or chat to them online instead. Keep the lines of communication open: it’s good for you!

6. Ask for help – None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.

7. Take a break – A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.

8. Do something you’re good at – What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem

9. Accept who you are – We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

10. Care for others – Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

So let’s take all these useful tips in to consideration as this helps in keeping us healthy and happy.

DEAL Foundation is committed to promoting mental health and wellbeing. To do this it seeks to: Commence Drop-in Saturday. Where people with disabilities can get together and take part in a range of activities subject to Covid-19 Guidelines, establish connected online communities of people with disabilities through conference calls and virtual networking.

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