With so much uncertainty in the world right now, stress levels are at an all-time high and many people are finding themselves experiencing anxiety or depression for the first time.
What causes a mental health issue isn’t so cut and dry. As more research comes to light, it’s not surprising that it’s usually a combination of different factors.
If we imagine our mental health as a seesaw. On one side are things that life throws at us (personal factors, long-term difficulties or recent events) and on the other is our ability to cope. When life throws us more than we can cope with, the scale tips into mental ailing or illness. The more strategies we have in place to help cope with these challenges, the better we feel and the scale tips into mentally healthy.
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Mental health symptoms, like physical health symptoms, generally occur on a continuum from mild to severe depending on how far our seesaw has tilted. While we can’t always control what life throws our way, we can control what strategies are in place to help cope.
A clear distinction is often made between ‘mind’ and ‘body’. However, now that the body-mind connection is better understood, we now know they’re not so separate. A healthy body contributes to a healthy mind, and vice-versa.
So with that in mind, what are some strategies that will help us cope in this uncertain world?
We’ve summarised some of the research into this infographic which you can download here.