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Tips for good mental health during COVID-19

Did you know that good mental health gives you the ability to, handle stress, face and overcome challenges, maintain and build relationships as well as recover from difficulties and setbacks?

Today, Felix Ochwal shares ten mental health tips to help elevate your mood:

1. Build relationships -Invest time and energy in your relationships through calls, online chats and doing fun things with family, friends, and others in the community.

2. Exercise: Exercise regularly to boost your self-esteem. This enhances your concentration, sleep, and makes you feel better. Observe a healthy diet and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

3. Develop gratitude – Count your blessings. Try keeping a Gratitude Journal and write down at least 3 positive things you experience each day. This can increase your wellbeing.

4. Identify and use your strengths – Doing an activity you enjoy will boost your self-esteem. Make time for your hobbies and favorite projects, or broaden your horizons through crossword puzzles, gardening, dance lessons, or become fluent in another language.

5. Give yourself– Volunteer your time and energy to help others. Helping someone in need makes you feel good and also gives you a chance to meet new people. Pleasant events do lead to positive emotions and kill negative feelings.

6. Quiet your mind: Pray, Meditate, Relax. These can improve your state of mind and outlook on life. Research shows meditation may help you feel calmer.

7. Set realistic goals: Set goals and aim high. Be realistic and don’t over-schedule. Enjoy a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth as you progress toward your goal.

8. Break the monotony-Change your pace of your perk up a tedious schedule. Alter your routine, redesign your room or take a walk in a different route.

9. Learn to deal with stress: Practice good coping skills. Take a nature walk, play with a pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Additionally, smile and see the humor in life. Laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain and relax your body.

10. Seek help – If you are struggling to be happy, cope with life, find meaning or feel connected, see a doctor or mental health professional. You can also contact our Counseling and Placement Officer via placement@zetech.ac.ke for help. Ms Wilkster Juma is ready to assist.

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