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How to protect your mental health during the END SARS Protest

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How to protect your mental health during the #ENDSARS protest.
It is not only a shame to our leaders for sending/allowing these political thugs, police, and the military to kill the young people of Nigeria for their selfish interest. The issues in Nigeria are alarming. It is disheartening and I want to commend everyone going out to protest, we are so proud of your strength and how positive you all are towards making a better Nigeria.  

While the protest is on we all have to protect our mental health in other not to break down. Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (Ref)

It is very hard not to think a lot amidst the ongoing END SARS protest in Nigeria. Some of us have gotten very emotional, we have cried, we are praying and we get angry. These mixed emotions can affect our mental health negatively, which brings us to why we need to protect our mental health during a protest.


Always remember that you are not alone
Remember you are not alone. The good Nigerians are with you. We are all in this together. Be positive and see everyday as a new beginning worthy of going out to seek justice for the abused and killed. 

Avoid arguments
Your body's response to an argument will activate the amygdala, releasing the stress hormone cortisol. All that screaming will damage your vocal cords. So chill. Anger causes your breathing to quicken and your chest will tighten as your lungs expand to take in extra oxygen. (Ref). Protect yourself and your health. Go easy sometimes.

Food
Eat very well. When you feed well and stick to a diet of healthy food, you’re setting yourself up for fewer mood fluctuations an overall happier outlook, and an improved ability to focus, Dr. Cora says. Studies have even found that healthy diets can help with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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Positive music
Researchers from the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Development have found that music increases memory and retention as well as maximizes learning capabilities. Our brains trigger particular emotions, memories, and thoughts, which often leads to more positive effects on mental health.

Research shows the benefits of music therapy for various mental health conditions, including depression, trauma, and schizophrenia (to name a few). Music acts as a medium for processing emotions, trauma, and grief—but music can also be utilized as a regulating or calming agent for anxiety or dysregulation. Elevate your mood and motivation. (Ref opening). Listening to positive music can help with the following: 

Reduce stress

Improve focus

Help relaxation

Reduce anxiety and depression

Stay Focused

Stay hydrated
Dehydration is the number one cause of stress in your body. Water has been shown to have natural calming properties, likely as a result of addressing dehydration's effects on the body and brain. Drinking enough water is an important step in managing your anxiety. Even if you're not experiencing anxiety, drinking sufficient water can create feelings of relaxation. (Ref).
Panic attacks are common results of high anxiety caused by dehydration. Panic attacks typically have physical triggers, and one of those triggers is dehydration.

Take out time to rest during the protest
This doesn't mean you are tired or we won't keep fighting. When stress becomes overwhelming and prolonged, the risks for mental health problems and medical problems increase. Long-term stress increases the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, substance use problems, sleep problems, pain, and bodily complaints such as muscle tension. (Ref)


Stay focused
Everyone's attention can drift at times especially in sad situations like the #ENDSARS protest.

Understand the goal of the protest and never mix it up. Hold the goal and focus on the outcome. Be calm but productive.

Prayer is key.
Understand that the government is the Miscreants. While you pray for the country 

Keep fighting for a better Nigeria. One Love.

ENDSARS PROTEST

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9 comments

  1. Stay away from the protest. Get out of the protest.

    Go to a church and meditate, pray.

    Listen to peaceful music like those of Bach to calm your mind.

    Dont read news about the protest.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! It's terrible what's happening!!

    Jennifer
    Curated By Jennifer

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    1. Its crazy, we pray for a better Nigeria. Thank you.

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  3. It depends. Are you meaning how do you deal with the negativity and resistance you expect to have to deal with during a protest…or do you have a medical diagnosis which will make it more difficult for you to handle the possible noise, confusion, and even violence that could occur…depending upon what type of rally you intend to attend. Since you didn't reveal your situation in enough detail for me to determine if you have asperger's, are clinically depressed, or have some other condition that may make attending a very bad idea. It sounds a bit like you might want to get a professional opinion before you challenge yourself and possibly find yourself in a situation that is too much for you to handle.

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  4. Yes, these are super important tips for maintaining good mental health especially during frightening times like this. Please stay safe, my friend. Sending lots of prayers and positive thoughts to Nigeria.

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  5. Well, that’s an issue for protesters. I would suggest that if someone plans to protest that they would learn a little bit about just what exactly they are actually protesting. So far the protesters I have asked didn’t really know that they were protesting the treatment of a known felon and abuser of women. To me, that’s mentally unhealthy.

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  6. Do you mean you find it upsetting or exhilarating? These are emotions that are meant to be felt.

    normal.

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  7. Well, I don’t know about you guys but for me, I don’t get involved in stuff like this. I don’t attend any protest and I try to keep myself distanced. I feel like I don’t care about that stuff and to me it’s simply not important. I understand protest is for causes but when stuff happens underneath the building I’m living in and on the street I’m walking everyday, I don’t know, I don’t feel much. The only thing I feel is loud noises and stuff like that. Now how you protect your mental health? Try to distance yourself from those events, those people and if you don’t know what’s going on, don’t try to worry about it and keep your peace. It’s important

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