Looking After Your Mental Health During a Pandemic
Maintaining good physical health and mental wellbeing through a global pandemic can be a challenge.
Although it can be tough to stay positive, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Feelings of anxiety and uncertainty during a crisis like this are completely normal. As we navigate these tough times together, we’d like to share a few tips to help you stay grounded.
Get Physical Everyday
Finding little moments throughout your day to get in some movement is an excellent form of self-care. Studies have shown that even a 12-minute walk can bring your mood up.
If you’re working from home, a break from looking at a screen can make you feel refreshed and ready to face another task.
A great exercise to try is yoga, which can clear the mind and calm the body. Plus, it doesn’t require any special equipment.
Get Into a Routine
As our days become less structured, finding something to keep us going can be difficult. Try making a daily schedule to keep a groove going.
Even if you have nowhere to be, setting an alarm to rise early in the morning, and making sure that you get to bed at a decent hour can help your mind find comfort in a positive routine.
Make mornings fun by setting aside time for yourself to meditate, sip on some warm tea, or enjoy some fresh air.
Nourish Your Body With Healthy Foods
The food we eat has a direct impact on our mood. This tip can go hand-in-hand with #2 -- make healthy meals part of your routine! Eating nutritious foods can strengthen your immune system, which in turn, benefits your mental health.
Try whole foods like nuts, berries, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats, like avocado.
Experts have suggested limiting social media intake during this time. Instead, they advise connecting more directly with loved ones.
Try calling up someone you haven’t talked to in a while, or starting a TV series and watching it virtually with a friend.
Checking in on a friend’s mental health can turn both of your days around. Reaching out can make a world of difference.
Start a New Hobby or Craft
Many craft stores are running special promotions during this time, so it’s a great moment to try painting, sculpting, or even knitting.
Working on and learning a new craft can help you feel accomplished and boost your creativity. Taking up a hobby, like baking or gardening, can also bring you peace of mind.
Relax - You Don't Have to Do It All
We hope you liked these tips for looking after your mental health during COVID-19. No matter what your situation is, your wellbeing should always remain a priority.
If possible, take this time to show yourself love, and get some relief from the pressure of having to keep up with a fast-paced lifestyle. We’re in this together.