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Mental health has been the topic this month. Thankfully this has been shared widely on social media, but ideally, it should be “the topic” every single month. Our physical health is essential, but the state of our mind trumps everything.

You can have the fittest body in the world, but your thoughts can affect everything.

Life can be damn hard, and living in this limbo state of the pandemic has made us all have moments of stress and worry.

The charity Mind discovered 60% of adults and 68% of young people said their mental health was worse during the full lockdown.

The Stigma Of Mental Health

There is no denying it; there is still an air of stigma around mental health. It is better than it was five years ago, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

A survey done by Recovery Village has found that 32% of participants have sadly not sought treatment because of the negative stigma. The stigma will change, but it will still take some considerable time.

So, how can you handle the stigma if you need some help?

Well, first accept that you need the help and then seek it out. Approach somebody that you are close to and share your concerns. Picking up the phone and arranging to speak with a professional can be daunting, but if you have somebody supporting you, it will feel more comfortable.

Luckily, there are some excellent companies and charities out there that that can offer real help to people who are struggling mentally.

Being Proactive

There are so many mental illnesses, and more come to light every year. Some illnesses can be genetic and passed through the family. Others can appear from nowhere, and traumatic events trigger some.

Our stressful lives can lead to other problems if we are not careful. Anxiety and depression are two of the top symptoms of stress and can cause lots of suffering.

Take some time for yourself every day to check your mental health. It is as important as exercising to stay fit.

If you are not sure what you can do, or where to start, here are a few ideas on how to look after your state of mind.

In Conclusion

We all have bad days. But if you are finding you have more bad days than good, than remember to check out your mental health. You are not alone. Reach out to somebody close to you. Also, consider using professional help so you can receive the support you need.

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