Staying healthy during the pandemic doesn’t only mean taking good care of our physical bodies. While it is important to observe proper safety protocols and health measures, it is equally important to look after our mental health. Constantly dealing with stress not only weakens the immune system but also impacts mental health as well.
A lot of factors can contribute to mental stress.
Aside from the fear of getting infected by the virus, the pandemic posts a lot of uncertainty in many aspects of life including job security, financial woes, coping with death, future plans, and many others. Since we are in a state of isolation, loneliness has become a common feeling to many. The overwhelming turnout of events is also a leading cause of anxiety.
Despite these challenges, there are a number of ways to keep yourself mentally strong and healthy. Practicing self-love is an important step to achieving this goal. Make your wellbeing and happiness a priority. Take time to pause and reflect amidst all the noise around you. Now more than ever, we are called to show kindness to ourselves especially during this time of adversity.
Below are some tips to keep your mental health strong this pandemic. This guide is also tailored to be home-friendly, so whether you are staying in a house or a condo, following these health practices can be easy.
Top 12 tips to keep you mentally strong this pandemic
Take good care of your mental wellbeing by following these tips and suggestions from the World Health Organization (WHO) and other medical sources.
1. Connect with your friends and loved ones.
Keep in contact with your friends and family to help avoid the feeling of loneliness. It is important to have someone with who you can talk to and share your feelings during these challenging times. They can provide emotional support despite the distance brought by self-isolation. There are a lot of available online channels where you can safely connect and catch up for updates. Be it a Zoom party or a Netflix party, connecting with people you trust can do good for your self-esteem. Here are some fun activities you can do on social media and other online platforms during this time of pandemic:
- Zoom get-togethers
- Virtual games
- Netflix watch party
- Play online games
- Group workouts online
- Learning together
Tip: Set-up a dedicated space in your house or condo for your online activities to help you manage your virtual events and activities.
2. Be correctly informed.
Read or listen to credible news sources to stay updated on the latest developments. Follow the advice of experts on how to keep protected and safe. Avoid the traps of fake news on social media. Try also to reduce news consumption if it makes you anxious.
3. Get enough rest.
Make sure you get enough rest to keep your physical and mental health strong. Sleeping for about 8 to 10 hours will also help strengthen your immune system. Sleep is essential in regulating the chemicals in the brain that affects our overall mood and emotion. Lack of rest can make you feel anxious or depressed.
Tip: Get up and go to bed at the same time every day. Try to maintain a healthy sleeping pattern. You can also opt for room conditions that will give you a better sleep.
4. Eat healthy and nutritious food.
Eating a balanced diet not only impacts our physical bodies but can also be good for mental health. Vitamins B12 and iron deficiency can result in low mods. Try avoiding caffeine if it adds makes you feel anxious. Take vitamins good for the immune system like Vitamins C and Zinc.
5. Get enough sunlight.
Have your daily fix of sunshine every morning for about 30 minutes to 2 hours. Sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D which helps release chemicals such as endorphins and serotonin that affect overall mood. Be sure to protect yourself when you go out in the sun. Lack of sunshine during winter can sometimes make people feel depressed.
Tip: You can go walking in open areas in the condo and nearby areas as long as you keep yourself protected by wearing face masks or practicing social distancing. Try to go at a time when there are fewer people.
6. Do some physical activities or exercise.
Working out not only benefits the body but also helps eliminate stress, anxiety, and low mood. Staying active or doing a regular exercise routine can help boost your mood and let you concentrate more. With the absence of gyms at the moment, you can try simple physical activities such as walking or jogging. For those with a bigger space, you can set up a home gym with your own personal equipment.
Tip: For those with limited spaces at home, there are a dozen of videos available for home workouts good for your room or in your condo.
7. Yoga, Meditate and pray.
We all need downtime, a quiet moment to pause and reflect. Taking a spiritual exercise can help you feel calm and improve your outlook in life. When things get overwhelming, practice breathing exercises or try counting 1 to 10. Breathing in and out slowly will help you relax and think clearly.
Tip: There are plenty of available videos for guided meditation and yoga for beginners online. There are also online classes for groups and individuals.
8. Try a new hobby or do something you are passionate about.
Take time to do something you really enjoy doing or explore a new hobby you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it’s baking, planting, dancing, or watching your favorite TV shows, learn to set aside time for your personal hobbies. Having a “me time” is good for your growth and mental wellbeing.
Tip: You can also take this time to pursue learning by taking online classes or doing passion projects like a podcast or a vlog. A lot of people are using these hobbies as their outlet to release stress.
9. Minimize screen time.
Be mindful of the amount of time you spend online. Since most activities are mostly online, it is normal to always use your phones and laptops. Learn to take a break, even for a short while, just to break the scene. Taking short breaks from your online activities can prove beneficial to your mental health.
- Keep a healthy balance in online streaming and gaming. While they can be a way to relax, strike a balance by also adding offline activities in your daily schedule. Try other offline hobbies like reading a book, journaling, or painting. There are tons of enjoyable activities to do outside your screen.
- Use social media wisely. Always check the source of information and do not share unverified news information. Try harnessing a positive and meaningful atmosphere in your social media account to help inspire others.
Tip: Avoid screen time before bedtime because it affects how quickly you can sleep. Doom scrolling, reading, or texting will keep your mind active instead of winding down. Try to maintain a regular routine in the morning to help your fall asleep faster.
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs.
Limit your alcohol intake and avoid taking drugs. Do not take them as a way to cope up with stress or anxiety. Excessive alcohol drinking can cause a deficiency of thiamine, which is important for brain function. Other drugs also can also cause anxiety.
11. Offer help and support to others.
Find a way to help someone in need. Even if it’s a small deed like sharing goods or giving food, helping someone especially during this time of pandemic not only benefits other people, it also boosts your sense of belongingness in a community.
You can also show support to your local healthcare workers by joining activities that show gratitude and appreciation for their work and sacrifices. Check how you can join various online groups that are initiating these kinds of initiatives for our frontliners.
If you know someone struggling or feeling down, ask them how you could help or show support by listening to their problems.
Tip: The concept of a community pantry is slowly opening up in various communities in the country since it started recently in Maginhawa Street, Quezon City. If you have resources to share, joining community efforts such as this would be a good idea. A little act of kindness can definitely go a long way.
12. Ask for help.
When you know you are not feeling well, asking for help is not a sign of weakness. When you get stressed or overwhelmed, speaking to your family and friends can help you release the burden. If you think things are too much for you, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Check also the local hotline to receive immediate help and counseling.
(Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,People First UK,University of Michigan Health Service, Columbia University Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Foundation UK)
While we are all staying indoors due to the threat of the virus, you can follow the activities mentioned to practice self-love during this pandemic. Taking good care of your mental wellbeing is as important as the safety protocols we follow to keep our bodies protected.
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