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Can you do it?

Believe it or not, you can improve your mental health during a Pandemic. But it requires a sacrifice – can you, do it?

I’m exhausted, aren’t you? Our moment in time should be our moment to shine but alas, it’s not. And its hell on our mental health. However, there is hope. While a silver lining can be hard to find, I feel like we can’t give up.

So then, what can be done? A thought I find bouncing around in my head all too often these days. So, then, what can be done to make our situation more tolerable? Personally, I’d like we have a lot of options.

But they require sacrifice on our part. And in times like these, it’s the best thing to do for the betterment of your neighbor, you family, your community.

With that said, “can you, do it?” Can you tear yourself away from your video games, you phone, your streaming service? I sure hope so. Because we need all hands-on deck.

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Can you do it?

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So, then, what if I told you that your sacrifice doesn’t have to be huge? Nor will it take up much of your time? And what’s more and a bonus for you, is that it can help improve your mental health. Wouldn’t that be a good thing? I bet your answer is, “of course it would be.”

However, it all comes back to the question, “can you, do it?”

The power of helping.

It turns out that you and I, and everyone else on this planet are wired to help one another. A skill that was imprinted in our DNA over thousands of years. I know, amazing, right? Moreover, it appears that helping others improves Our Mental Well-Being. Who knew?

The mental health benefits of helping others

What’s most amazing, is your contribution doesn’t have to be huge. Helping others can look like:

  • Generalized kindness – Smile and say hi more often; compliment someone or offer assistance. One I find works well is asking, “How are you doing?” followed by a healthy dose of listening. This of course, works best when you’re already involved in a conversation. In short, show that you care.
  • Volunteer. Help bring meals to the elderly, shovel/salt someone’s driveway, help the poor and disadvantaged through these tough times.
  • If you’re from a wealthy nation, donate some money. A little donation goes a long way when you figure in the rate of exchange.
  • Your words matter. You never know what the power of kind words has. For example, if I engage in conversation with someone, I might say, “I hope you have the best day ever.” Sometimes, I might say, “I hope your day gets better.” I deploy this one when I notice someone struggling.
  • Take a chance. Not everyone you met deserves to be met with suspicion. Unless they totally freak you out, try engaging in a conversation. Maybe they are desperately lonely. Trust me, if this is the case, you would make their day.

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While they are useful tools, even entertaining, they appear to leave their mark on our mental resilience. Again, we are designed for connection with others and feel rewarded by helping those around us. Plus, we are helping others feel better by making their lives a little easier. And in these anxiety producing times, we could all use a little mental pain reduction/

Can you, do it? Can you tear yourself away from the isolating habits of video games, TV, phones and PCs?

Writing The Road To Mental Wellness, was an attempt to crawl out of the darkness and away from the debilitating symptoms of PTSD. At the time, I had little help, I was off work and was lost….”I am my work;” “I am a firefighter!” Who am I now? Therefore, I became convinced that my life had lost its meaning; essentially, I was void of purpose. So, I began to obsessively write out where I had gone wrong. I Deval into my troubled childhood, my depressive teenaged years and pondered what happened in my young adult life. What I found along the way, was a live-long battle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD. What I found was, with each word I carefully tapped out on my archaic and outdated keyboard, was a step towards rediscovering my purpose… Helping others continues to be my passion!
  • I’m happy you’re here
    Fires, pandemics, earthquakes and more. There are so many things hammering away at our mental health. That’s why I’m happy you’re here.
  • What life can teach us
    Life isn’t a steady state. Thankfully our pain will be met with joy, our joy met with pain and so on. It’s all about what life can teach us.
  • I don’t need anyone.
    Because I have PTSD, I am always trying to protect myself from harm. One of the ways I do this is by saying, “I don’t need anyone.” But is this true?
  • Can you do it?
    Believe it or not, you can improve your mental health during a Pandemic. But it requires a sacrifice – can you, do it? Here’s the rundown
  • Year of recovery
    My success will be slow and incremental, my wellness, dependant on the actions I take. therefore, if I want 2022 be my year of recovery.

In closing, I would like to say this: “You may feel hurt, frustrated, anxious even. More than that, you may even feel a loss of control. However, doing little things with big meaning, can help restore a sense of control. Helping others can act as your salvation from the mental pain of COVID 19.”

Jonathan Arenburg.
Jonathan Arenburg.

Jonathan Arenburg is a Blogger, Podcaster, and published author

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