Managing Your Mental Health During Stressful Times

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Managing your mental health today can be quite arduous. It goes without saying that the ongoing global health crisis introduced all sorts of challenges to people around the world. A study conducted by Jean Twenge and Thomas Joiner found it increases our risk of developing mental health issues. The study further noted that Americans these days are eight times more likely to screen positive for serious mental illness. In fact, 70% of the 2,032 surveyed US adults met the criteria for moderate to serious mental illness.

Federal agencies and experts warn that a historic wave of mental-health problems is fast approaching. This makes it all the more important for each and every one of us to look after our mental health. To help you get started, here are some things you can do to alleviate the stressful effects of the current crisis:

Create a skincare routine

How your skin affects your mental well-being

As humans, it is in our nature to look at the outward expressions of the people we meet. And in many countries, the skin is typically considered as the outward expression of beauty. Mental health professional Zakiyyah Abdul-Mateen explains that this is the reason why the appearance of blemishes and acne is undesirable. This is despite the fact that a lot of people do know that it is completely normal. Managing the appearance of our skin plays a crucial role in boosting our confidence and helping us feel better about ourselves.

A mood-boosting and simple skincare routine


Contrary to popular belief, managing a skincare routine doesn’t have to be intricate and time-consuming. Depending on your needs and the time you have, your skincare routine can be as simple as using the basics. A reliable cleanser, a moisturizer, and some sunscreen. PrettyMe’s review of Navarro’s Bleach Soap suggests sticking to products that have natural ingredients like AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Strawberry Serum. This serum is a natural exfoliate that visibly brightens the skin, has anti-aging effects and unclogs pores.

To make your routine even simpler, you can also opt for moisturizers that double as sunscreens. Byrdie’s review of Aveeno Positively Radiant recommends sticking to moisturizers with SPF whose formula is light-weight, oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic. It would also be a good idea to look for products that incorporate natural ingredients, which reduce discoloration — like soybeans.

Managing your time for working out

How exercise affects your mental health

According to Psychology Today, regular exercise increases certain brain regions and promotes the creation of new neurons in those areas. Of critical importance to mental health is the hippocampus or the area involved in memory, emotion regulation, and learning. Increasing evidence has shown that many mental health conditions, particularly depression, are associated with reduced neurogenesis in the hippocampus. Therefore, exercise leads to better mental health. Endorphins effect parts of the brain that deal with mental flexibility and managing emotions.

Crafting an exercise routine

Focus on creating and following an effective workout consistently to reap both the physical and mental health benefits of exercise. Some of our ‘Tips For An Effective Workout’ include defining your goals right from the get-go. To start, create a list of key exercises. Design a workout plan that considers your schedule and seek the guidance of a personal trainer if needed.

Practice eating healthy

How food affects you on a mental level

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. The food we consume can take a toll not just on our physical health but also on our mental well-being. A recent study by Neuroscience News revealed how poor diets can significantly contribute to worsening a range of mood disorders. Disorders including anxiety and depression. However, fortunately, the study also found that diets rich in vegetables and olive oil can improve these disorders.

Best diet plan for your mental health

A great example of such a diet plan would be the Mediterranean Diet. This diet is packed with plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and seeds. Consequently low-to-moderate amounts of dairy, fish, and poultry, and very little red meat. The Mediterranean Diet has the strongest evidence supporting its ability to reduce symptoms of depression. Based on an article by Medical News Today, the compounds in this particular diet have links to lower depression rates include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, methyl folate, and s-adenosylmethionine.

With so many stressors plaguing society these days, it’s incredibly important for us to engage in self-care. A skincare routine, working out regularly and eating healthy is a simple and effective way to do this.

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