Preserving Mental Health amid Economic Hardship

The current hardship many Nigerians are faced with is causing lots of people to have a sense of hopelessness, which leads to depression.

Development Diaries reports that a yet-to-be-identified man recently jumped into Lekki-Ikoyi link bridge lagoon in what seemed like an apparent suicide.

This is what can happen when one’s mental health is neglected, leading to depression.

Preserving your mental health is crucial for your overall well-being and quality of life. Here are five tips to help you maintain good mental health in the present state of the economy:

Practice Self-Care

Make time for self-care activities that make you happy and relaxed. Engage in hobbies, work out frequently, get enough rest, eat a healthy diet, and relax by using deep breathing exercises, meditation, or mindfulness exercises. Maintaining good physical health has a great effect on your mental well-being.

Build Strong Social Connections

Maintain healthy relationships and nurture social connections with friends, family, and support networks. Social interaction can provide emotional support, reduce feelings of loneliness, and boost your mood. Share your feelings and experiences with trusted individuals to foster a sense of belonging and connection.

Manage Stress Effectively

Develop effective stress management strategies. Identify stressors in your life and find healthy ways to cope with them, such as time management, setting boundaries, and seeking professional help if needed. Engage in activities that help you relax and unwind, such as listening to music, reading, or spending time in nature.

Seek Professional Support 

If you are experiencing persistent or overwhelming mental health challenges, do not hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. Therapists, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists can provide guidance, support, and therapeutic interventions tailored to your needs. Early intervention can prevent issues from escalating.

Practice Positive Thinking

Cultivate a positive mindset by challenging negative thoughts and practicing mindfulness. Focus on the present moment, engage in gratitude exercises, and reframe negative situations into more constructive perspectives. Mindfulness practices can help reduce anxiety, increase self-awareness, and improve emotional regulation.

Remember, if you ever find yourself struggling, do not hesitate to reach out for help or support from your loved ones.

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