Maintaining One’s Mental Health During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is something we are all experiencing and it is certainly an experience like no other we’ve met before. This pandemic came with a multitude of changes and has turned our lifestyles upside down. COVID-19 has not only manifested in physical symptoms, but has also caused an increase in depression and anxiety in people, and society as a whole. What can we do to keep our mental health in balance? Here are some tips to getting through this pandemic—safely and healthily.
Keep in Touch:
Hanging out with others looks different today. We can’t just make plans to hang out in a large group of people anymore. We have to be cautious whom we’re around and this can be hard. It’s great to have a “quaranteam,” but for those we can’t see or travel to, it can be isolating. Fortunately, the power of technology can bring those farthest from us, closer. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while, send a text to a friend, schedule a family Zoom call. Technology helps us overcome some of the negative feelings the isolation of the pandemic has brought us.
Create a Special Meal:
The tasks of everyday life can be mundane, especially when we’re spending so much time indoors each day. Our days don’t have to be this way! Try to make a special meal during the week to break up the routine. Maybe you’ll cook your favorite food for dinner one night, or you might order takeout from a new restaurant that you’ve been waiting to try. Food isn’t the only aspect of a special meal, you can set the table with candles one night, or create a video call with some friends during your meal. Doing something different one day can add variety to the week and give one something to which they can look forward.
You might be staying away from the gym, or perhaps your gym isn’t offering its full set of services during the pandemic. Try going for a run or taking a walk outside. Cold weather isn’t your thing? Transform a part of your house into a home gym! Thanks to YouTube, there are so many free exercise-from-home opportunities you can learn about. Some videos don’t even require that one has equipment. You just need workout clothes, a device to stream a workout, and a floor. Exercising can boost one’s serotonin levels, which helps us all feel our best!
When you do good, you feel good! There are so many ways to help people, and the pandemic seems to have added even more options for helping. Have a particular interest or cause you want to support? Volunteer and you’ll feel better knowing you just helped someone! CoronaConnects.com is a website that can help you connect with virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities.
Take Care of Yourself
During this unpredictable, ever-changing time, we might forget to take care of ourselves. This could cause us to get down on ourselves and put us in a negative mood. We’re so focused on work, current events, other people, and more, that we end up draining our battery(s). It doesn’t have to be this way. Make sure you take time for yourself each day. This can mean taking part in a hobby or activity, getting fresh air, listening to music, taking a nap, or anything else that makes you feel good. By indulging in selfcare for at least 30 minutes each day, you will feel refreshed and fully charged!
Living through a pandemic won’t ever be easy, but there are ways that it can become easier. Here’s hoping these tips help you become your best self during these trying times. There is light at the end of the tunnel and we’re almost there! Good luck!
- Emily Glazer
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