Are you aware that when we experience stress our immune system’s ability to fight viruses and infections is decreased?
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasis has been on boosting one’s physical immunity to help fight the virus.
Although, have you ever given a thought about your mental immunity?
Mental immunity you may ask?
Just like how physical immunity is essential to deal with the invaders trying to harm our body, mental immunity helps to protect our harmony and peace of mind.
Mental immunity can be described as one’s mind’s capacity to handle the ups and downs that one may encounter. It includes observing and understanding negative thoughts and moving ahead of them. It is very essential to maintain one’s internal peace and sanity.
In this pandemic, not only our physical immunity but also our mental immunity is tested and to have a strong immune system be it physical or mental is paramount.
Below are some of the tips and techniques to build up your mental immunity-
1) Accept and accept-
Learning to accept one’s situation may help the person be in touch with reality. Accepting the situation no matter how bad it seems may help in acknowledging the problem instead of living in denial.
2) Be willing to change –
‘Change is a part of growth’, they say and we should learn that it is natural for things to change. Sure change may make us uncomfortable but learning how to adapt to change is the way of life.
3) Live in the present moment-
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our vortex of thinking be it in past or the future that we forget to live in the present. Focus on your present situation if you find yourself dwelling or excessively worrying about what has happened or what will happen.
4) Build up your physical immunity-
Mental immunity and physical immunity go hand in hand. Building up your physical immunity may aid your mind in feeling better. It’s like how you feel down and low when you are physically sick with say a cold or a fever.
5) Don’t live in denial-
We often like to fool ourselves into thinking that we are not facing any mental pressure and that everything is alright. While it is important to live in the present moment it is also necessary to not live in denial and see the situation for what it is. It is all about maintaining balance.
6) Process your emotions-
Bottling up one’s emotions and not processing them may be destructive for one’s mental well-being. Being in touch with one’s emotional side is a sign of strength and shows that the person is in tandem with his/her inner self.
7) Take a break-
If anytime you feel that the negative thoughts are getting the better of you then rest and take a break. If the situation becomes too tense then it helps to isolate oneself from the stress-causing factors and taking a break if possible.
One of the many wonders that exercising have is that they help boost the mental health along with the physical health of an individual. It has been found that those who exercise regularly are said to have better mental resilience and deal with the adverse situation better.
9) Limit your digital intake-
Social media and various news sources may sometimes be too much to handle. They may overwhelm and invoke feelings of worry and tension. Try to limit your social media interactions and switch off the news after a certain point of time. Go on a social media detox if possible.
10) Voice out positive affirmations-
Studies have proved that talking nicely to plants will help them to grow. Imagine how talking positively to one’s self can boost up mental immunity. Voice out positive affirmations like ‘l am alive and well’, ‘I am safe’, ‘I am the best’ ,’I love myself’ from time to time can work wonders on building up your mental immunity.
We are all going through a tough time and it’s understandable to feel negative thoughts and emotions. These uncomfortable feelings like grief, loneliness, fear may try to rock us from our stability. They may question our sanity and threaten our peace of mind.
But don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek help.
You are not alone!
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