These past two years have helped us realize the widespread devastation that a pandemic can cause, and we as humans are trying to work our way out of this crisis, but what about the pandemic that has grappled this world before the current crisis and has only gotten worse with the widespread reach of COVID-19?
Although, we as a society are becoming more and more aware about mental health issues and wellbeing, we need to take more effective measures in order to combat the pandemic of mental health crisis.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to highlight multiple aspects of mental health and how to combat ailments associated with them, in this blog I would like to focus on loneliness in young people. So here a few tips that will help some of you combat that feeling of loneliness.
- Join a society.
Even though all the societies available at the university might not be functioning in person, many of them have interesting online activities that will help you socialise and enjoy different activities. This is especially helpful for international students as they are still trying to place themselves in an unknown environment, which in itself can be a little long and lonely process for some.
- Strengthen your existing relationships.
At times, it might be difficult to verbalise your emotions to someone you recently met and hence, try and keep in touch with your family or old friends. This will allow you to verbalise your emotions while improving your bond with that person. This personally worked best for me as it helped me strengthen my friendships and at the same time combat any negative instincts.
- Practice Self-care.
When you start focusing on your own body by engaging in a physical activity or by consuming nutritious food, you become more and more aware about yourself and realize the value of your existence – and this realization helps you focus on the positivity that surrounds you. In addition to the physical selfcare, I would also recommend a small amount of introspection as this will help you realize that at times you are your best company.
- See a therapist.
At times our journey towards mental wellbeing requires a catalyst that guides us in the right direction; and this catalyst is a therapist. Don’t be paranoid or shy to seek help! Your well being should be your highest priority.
- Make time for your hobbies.
Your hobbies are the best way to polish your skills, combat loneliness and bypass depression. Be it music, dance, sketching or photography, make some time for it and enjoy each and every moment!
Combating negative emotions is not easy but, if you take the effort to work on yourself physically and emotionally, you can attain well being!
I hope these tips help you!