Environmental disasters, violence, misinformation, and disease outbreaks have plunged the world into uncertainty. Constant news about these stories can feel relentless and hopeless. As a consequence, our mental health — one of our most valuable treasures — becomes compromised. Instead of succumbing to panic, stress, and negative thoughts, it’s time to make a U-turn and take a different kind of action: building up mental resilience and becoming agents of positive change.
For as long as history can account for, humanity has faced natural disasters, pandemics, violence, and unpredictability. Yet, our resilience, intellect, and skills have ensured our victory and survival. In 2021, we constantly hear news about everything mentioned above, making us feel hopeless about the future. In this grim scenario, it’s easy to panic, be negative, or simply shrug our shoulders.
Instead of thinking about the present as a major obstacle or believing there’s nothing to be done, you can see it as a precious opportunity to get to know yourself better, become stronger, and help those you love the most. After all, human beings have the capacity to learn and adapt to adverse circumstances.
3 ways to strengthen your mental health during stressful times
Everyone reacts differently during and after a difficult situation. You can experience anxiety, stress, excessive worry, and/or grief. In these cases, taking care of your mental health can make the situation much more bearable. When you are mentally strong and calm, you think clearly and react to urgent situations. If you are not quite there yet, here are three things you can do to keep a sense of control and take care of your mental health:
Wash your hands, clear your mind
Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water is crucial to protect yourself from Covid-19 and other viruses. But, what about your mind? Experts theorize that we experience from 50,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day. In our current circumstances, the majority of these thoughts might be distressing. On top of this, the downpour of negative information on the news and anxiety-provoking websites impacts our mental health and ability to withstand everyday challenges.
Synctuition successfully combines technology and meditation to wash away stressful and negative thoughts. Although it is commonly known as a relaxation technique, meditation goes beyond as it helps you gain true control of your thoughts. When you meditate, you focus your attention on the present moment, distancing yourself from distracting recollections from the past or anxieties about the future.
During times of crisis, meditation can become another challenge as distracting thoughts gain too much power over us, making it difficult to keep the mind quiet. Synctuition significantly increases meditation’s efficiency. Combining binaural beats, 3D sounds, Gamma waves, entrainment frequencies, and ASMR sounds, a 25-minute listening session is equivalent to deep meditation.
As the saying goes, a healthy body is a healthy mind. Our minds and bodies share a close connection, which should be properly maintained. Keeping yourself physically active leads to a variety of benefits including an improved physical condition and immune system. Studies also show that exercising regularly can help you cope with tensions and improve your mood. Given the current situation, exercise can be an excellent way to keep yourself motivated, relaxed, and positive.
When we run, for example, the brain releases feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. They make us feel exhilarated and even euphoric. This is known as the runner’s high. Going out for a run or walking around surrounded by nature will make for an even greater experience. Nature is an endless source of inspiration and, in many cases, it’s a great way to relax and block the noise and hassle from the urban world. But, even if you have to stay home due to health regulations, exercises such as crunches, squats, and push-ups amongst others, will keep you active and motivated.
Be patient and kind
During challenging times, it’s normal to run out of patience and feel like quitting at any given time. On top of this, we vent our frustration and anxiety on others without meaning to. In such cases, take a deep breath and put yourself into the shoes of the person next to you. Perhaps they are in the same situation as you are; they’re scared, stressed out, or anxious about the future. The best way to respond is by being kind, positive, and loving.
According to psychiatrists, the ability to connect empathically with others — to care about their well-being and act with compassion — is fundamental to our lives as it helps us to get along and work effectively together to find the solution to problems. Amid the outbreak, being empathetic to vulnerable people such as the elderly or people who struggle with pre-existing conditions can help them get through this situation
In extreme circumstances, when social distancing is necessary, you can practice empathy by following the guidelines and staying at home as you are required to. This simple action has the power to save many lives. And the wonderful thing is that you can do so much while you are at home. Positive affirmations and messages of encouragement via text or social media will surely brighten the day for those friends, colleagues, or loved ones who need encouragement and motivation to overcome these difficult times.
Take Action! Be Reborn Into The Best Version Of Yourself
In times of difficulty and struggle, we have two options: we can give up or emerge stronger. Today, Synctuition invites you to choose the latter path and use the time you have to strengthen your mental health. Clearing your mind from negativity, keeping yourself active, and being kind to the people around you is what you need to do to remain calm and relaxed. With Synctuition, you can use meditation to develop a stronger mind and overcome any obstacle. Let this crisis propel you to new heights you would never have imagined!