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Signs You Have Strong Mental Health Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic can affect both physical and mental health. But some people appeared not feeling the impacts of the health crisis since they continue to feel good and function well even in isolation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said “it is normal” that people experience fear, worry and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are common responses when people face uncertainty or the unknown. 

However, not everyone becomes at risk of mental problems. Some people continue to show positive mental health amid the spread of the disease. 

“Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness,” Simon Rosenbaum and Jill Newby, associate professors at University of New South Wales, said in an article posted on the Conversation. “Positive mental health and well-being is a combination of feeling good and functioning well.” 

But they noted it is normal for people to show positivity even during challenging times. People can be happy, sad, angry, anxious, depressed or stressed at any point in time because these are “all normal human emotions.”

“Mental health, just like physical health, exists on a spectrum from poor to optimal. With physical health, some days we naturally feel stronger and more energetic than others,” Rosenbaum and Newby said. “Similarly, some days our mental health is worse than others, and that too is a natural part of being human.”

To see if you are still doing well amid the coronavirus pandemic, below are common signs of positive mental health: 

  • Exhibiting positive emotions like happiness, joy, pride, satisfaction and love
  • Having positive relationships with people you care for and who care for you
  • Feeling engaged with life
  • Knowing life’s meaning and your purpose
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Staying calm and able to manage emotions
  • Able to cope with the stresses of daily life
  • Optimism or feeling positive about your life and future
  • Self-esteem or feeling positive about yourself
  • Feeling energetic

How To Boost Mental Health

To those who have been feeling the effect of stress, there are also ways to improve your mental health. The first step is to identify support networks and strategies that helped you in the past.

But you also achieve positivity and avoid mental problems by simply helping other people and connecting with others while in isolation, like video calls with family and friends. A healthy lifestyle may further improve your well-being. 

Rosenbaum and Newby suggested getting good sleep, doing regular exercise, eating healthy food, meditation and counteracting negative or overcritical thinking. They said people should pick the things they enjoy and can give a sense of accomplishment.

Mental health and COVID-19 Health experts said it is important to keep a positive mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic as it supports the immune system. Pixabay

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