What is Mental Health?
Mental health is the state of mental well-being whereby it enables people to handle the stresses of life, fulfill their own abilities, learn well and work well and to contribute to their own society.
Mental health is an essential part of health and well-being that is a bedrock of the individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world.
Research shows that high levels of mental health or good mental health are associated with increased learning, creativity and productivity, more prosocial behavior, positive social relationships and good physical health.
In this blog post, Math Lobby is going to explore how stress affects mental health and
also give you some tips to improve your mental health.
How does stress affect mental health
Stress has a psychological impact that can manifest as irritation or annoyance, being easily offended, losing of temper, restlessness or inability to sleep, fatigue or exhaustion, feelings of sorrow, concentration or memory problems, or more.
Continued stress over long periods of time can lead to other problems like depression, anxiety or burnout. This is where your mental health may be affected.
Stress affects mental health in a variety of ways:
1. Stress affects the way you take tests
It may reduce the concentration that you need to do well for your test. Also, the inability to sleep properly at night also decreases your ability to remember things that you have studied.
2. Stress affects your relationships with your friends
It may cause you to become more irritable or feel easily offended by your friends. This affects your relationships.
3. Stress affects your ability to take in more information
It affects your memory capabilities as you might feel overwhelmed with your current situation now and coupled with the restlessness, you might feel that you are unable to take in more information.
1. Stress affects how you treat your family members
It makes you easily annoyed and increases your irritability. You might find that your family is a source of irritation and distraction and which leads to frustration and anger.
2. Stress makes you be more anxious and irritable with small things
You might find that you become more worried, nervous or uneasy when things do not go your way.
Stress that you give yourself:
1. Stress reduces your confidence in facing daily tasks.
It reduces your self-esteem as you might feel a drop in self-perception in your own abilities, skills and overall qualities that motivates your behaviour. It makes you not trust your own ability to handle what may come and view difficult situations as a threat rather than a challenge.
2. Stress makes you more impulsive causing you to make decisions that you fail to think through.
The term brain fog anxiety is used when a person feels anxious and has difficulty concentrating. It is normal to experience brain fog when one experiences stress.
4 tips to have good mental health
1. Exercise regularly: Going for walks or a 10 minute yoga session.
Physical activity makes you feel calmer and can increase positive moods like enthusiasm and alertness. Exercise also triggers happy chemicals in your body and improves mood and motivation. This can help you to recharge your energy to take charge of your surroundings and resolutions.
2. Keep mental in good shape: Reading
Reading strengthens your brain, builds brain connectivity that involves complex networks of circuits and signals in the brain.
Reading also reduces blood pressure, heart rate and feelings of psychological distress.
Statistics show that reading can reduce stress by 68%.
3. Playing games or taking up a new hobby
Playing some games eg. mental games, strategy games or multiplayer games can improve your mental health in the short term. Statistics show that nearly 80% of gamers say video games provide them with mental stimulation, relaxation, and stress relief.
Also, spending time on an activity that you enjoy can improve your mental health and well-being. Those people in hobbies are less likely to suffer from stress, low mood and depression. These activities can make you feel happier and more relaxed.
4. Set goals and challenges: Challenge yourself with things that provide meaning.
Identify small goals like practicing self-love and self-compassion and create action plans on how you plan to achieve your goals.
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