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How are you feeling these days? If you’re like many of us, the continuing pandemic may be invoking lots of unfamiliar emotions. Due to the social distancing guidelines, you may be experiencing feelings of loneliness, sadness, despair, or even depression. It’s critical to remember that as global citizens, we are all going through an unprecedented period of time, so, of course, it is taking its toll on overall mental health.

This Sunday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day, a day to bring increased awareness and investment to the importance of mental health. You may be interested in learning that, according to the World Health Organization, United for Global Mental Health and the World Federation for Mental Health, mental health is considered one of the most overlooked areas of public health.

It is estimated that nearly 3 billion people are living with a mental disorder, and now as we mentioned, the mental health of billions more have been negatively affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sadly, the topic itself remains highly stigmatized and quality mental health services are only available to relatively few people You may be surprised to learn that only an average of 2 percent of a country’s health budget is dedicated to mental health. Through studies constantly show a positive return in the form of both improved health and productivity. Read more in this recent news release.

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, we thought it would be important to clarify the term. Mental health encompasses a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being. It has a significant impact on how you think, act and feel as you work through life.

Don’t underestimate the importance of mental health as it plays a pivotal role in our capability to deal with the normal stressors of life, stay physically healthy, maintain meaningful relationships and more.

There are several activities that can help improve your mental health, such as:

  • Staying physically active
  • Practicing gratitude
  • Maintaining a positive outlook
  • Learning how to meditate
  • Perfecting relaxation techniques

Though, we must acknowledge that these activities are simply no substitute for professional help. If you currently dealing with mental health issues, you may be interested in reviewing the resources available from the World Health Organization and have a conversation with your primary doctor.

In 2020, let’s all work together to break down the stigma associated with mental health.

Happy World Mental Health Day from Lions Pride!