Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month: Are You Doing Alright?
It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Pegalis Law Group, LLC is taking a look at the ongoing effects of the pandemic on mental health. In many aspects, the mental health effects have been just as overwhelming as the physical health effects. For those who have mental health conditions and those who are at risk of developing them, facing a worldwide pandemic and social distancing have been quietly taking a toll.
Shut Off Your Negative Self-Talk & Practice Self-Compassion
Has it been especially difficult for you to stay positive during the past year? You’re not alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of stress, making it challenging to remain positive and hopeful in the face of so much uncertainty. As more people begin to get vaccinated and a sense of normalcy returns this year, some of this stress will hopefully start to subside. We all tend to dwell on negative thoughts from time to time. Negative self-talk can be harmful to your mental health, as it often leads to depression and anxiety. We all have good days and bad days. Try not to criticize yourself for having bad days. Learn to practice more self-compassion. Recognize that you’ve likely been under more stress than years past and give yourself permission to have bad days. Take everything in stride – every stress will eventually pass. Add more positivity to your days by doing things you enjoy. Pat yourself on the back for getting through each day, and don’t be afraid to talk to a counselor for more guidance.
Keep Connected: Combating Feelings of Loneliness and Isolation
We all go through feelings of loneliness in which we feel disconnected from others. However, the global pandemic has made people feel more alone than ever, thanks to social distancing and quarantines. The good news is you’re not in this alone, no matter how much it may feel like it. The entire world has been going through the same emotions you have during the past year. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Once more people get vaccinated, it should become safer for social gatherings. The next hurdle will be adjusting to being around others again at sporting events, concerts, festivals, and more. Until then, consider reaching out to friends or family or joining a virtual support group as a safe place to discuss your feelings with others who are experiencing the same emotions. Leaning on and learning from others is one of the best ways to combat feelings of loneliness or isolation.
Managing a Healthy Work-Life Balance When Working From Home
As more of us have adjusted to working from home, it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Learn to set realistic goals for yourself each day. Meeting your deadlines and learning to be more efficient with your work time will give you more time to yourself afterward. If you find yourself more productive at certain times of the day than others, don’t be afraid to ask for a more flexible work schedule. Communicating with your colleagues may seem more challenging in the age of the virtual Zoom meeting, but it’s necessary to remain connected. Check on each other’s mental health. Venting helps relieve stress and helps you understand workplace issues from another’s perspective. Don’t be afraid to take mental breaks throughout the day. Getting up and walking around from time to time not only keeps you physically active, but it can improve your mental clarity.
Tips for Keeping Yourself Mentally Healthy This Year
Your mental health will flux and ebb daily due to a number of factors. Because your physical health and mental health are directly linked, it’s important to keep active and healthy from head to toe. Take time to unplug from the rest of the world and do things that you find enjoyable or relaxing. Eating well, getting enough sleep at night, connecting with others, and remaining active are all essential to your physical and mental well-being. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, there are plenty of tools online to evaluate your mental health. Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help when you need it.
Creating Awareness for Proactive Patients for Over 50 Years
Pegalis Law Group, LLC is a New York-based law firm with an emphasis on personal injury and medical malpractice. In addition to helping clients achieve some of the largest verdicts and settlements in our state’s history over the past 50 years, we’re also devoted to creating awareness about being proactive patients. Please visit our website and follow us on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to receive more insights about how you can continue to be proactive about your family’s healthcare.