By Rayiah Ross
October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, in which we raise awareness on mental health and get people to talk about those important issues. According to the World Health Organization, the observance of mental health is a chance to “make mental health care a reality for people for people worldwide.” Mental health issues range anywhere from anxiety disorders to personality disorders and everything in between.
Stress is a big part in mental health and has an effect on everyone. Stress is the body and brains respond to any demand, including work, school, exercise, major like changes, and traumatic events. According to The Cleveland Clinic, “stress can positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. As a result, the person becomes overworked, and stress-related tension builds.”
Chronic stress can cause long-term health issues, like digestive issues, sleeplessness, anger or irritability, officials with the National Institute of Mental Health said.
Tips on reducing stress, according to the Cleveland Clinic, include:
-Maintain a positive attitude.
-Learn and practice relaxation techniques, like meditation or yoga.
-Manage your time.
-Be assertive, but not aggressive.
-Eat right and get enough sleep.
-Make time for hobbies.
If stress becomes unmanageable, seek out professional help.
Remember: You matter. Take care of yourself and make sure that you get the mental and physical help you need to maintain a healthy state of mind.