The COVID-19 pandemic is an anxious and uncertain time. Setting a routine to phoning a friend is a new guideline that supports people’s mental health. Around the world, one out of ten people is suffering from a mental health issue.
These guides will give you a bit of advice on how to look after your mental health:
- Talk about your worries
Pandemic is a difficult time that each of us is facing right now. Share how you feel and how you cope up with it to others. How you cope up with those issues may help them as well.
- Help and support others
Think of ways on how you can help others. Small or big help can make a big difference to them and might make you feel better as well.
- Consider how to connect with others
Beat your isolation time by connecting with your friends and family through video calls or phone calls.
- Look after your physical health
Drink enough water, have well-balanced meals, eat healthily, and exercise once a day.
- Look after your sleep
Keep good sleep hygiene practices and maintain regular sleeping patterns. Create a restful environment, avoid screens before bed, and cut back caffeine.
- Try to cope with difficult feelings
Focus on the things that are controllable or the things you can control. It includes activities to make yourself feel better prepared or where you get the information from.
- Manage your information intake
Constant social media updates and 24-hour news can make you more worried. It may be helpful if you check the news at set times or might as well limit yourself from reading them.
- Get the facts
So that you can take reasonable precautions, gather only the high-quality facts. It will accurately determine your and other people’s risk of contracting the infection.
- Do things you enjoy
If there are certain things that you enjoy doing and you can’t do while quarantine, try to look for alternative ways on how you can do it. You may also try something new. There are lots of free tutorials online.
- Think about your new daily routine
Think about creating new routines and how you can adapt them. Try as well to engage in useful activities. You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.
- Try to activate your mind or keep it active
Find something that works for you. You can try playing games, reading books, writing, do crossword puzzles, painting, drawing, or play games.
- Have time to focus on the present and relax
A person that deals with feelings of anxiety may try relaxation techniques.
- Set goals
Think of the things you want to do or need to do that you can still do at home. Set goals and achieve them.
If once a day you can get outside:
Spend time in green places and let your physical and mental well-being benefit. You may also try to spend time with windows open or arrange a space to sit where you can see the full view and get some natural sunlight.