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With many people around the world throw into a whole new setting, these uncertain times will create a lot of stress and anxiety for people. This article goes throw 5 simple ways a person can look after their mental health during the self isolation period caused by the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Around the world, many people are struggling to cope with self isolation requirements put in place due to COVID-19. Suddenly, you’re spending more time at home, unable to get out. You may feel worried or anxious about the public health crisis as well as frustrated and depressed because many of the activities you usually enjoy are off-limits. Make sure, during this period, that you’re looking after your mental health! Try some of these strategies to keep your mood uplifted and your mind strong.
Avoid fake news articles and posts on social media.
This is a great time, in fact, to take a break from social media altogether. Make sure you’re getting your news from reputable sources, not scrolling through and reading all the doom and gloom posts from your friends and loved ones. The more negative information you read, the harder it can be to keep your own mood intact. Instead, disconnect from social media as needed, and make sure you’re using reliable sources of information as you research and learn more about the challenges that go along with COVID-19.
Talk to friends and family members.
You might not be able to get out and see friends and family members in person, but you can certainly still connect with them. Try an old-fashioned phone call or use a video chat platform that will allow you to get in touch with your loved ones even when you can’t be physically together. Set up an online game night, watch a film together, or just hang out and chat. You’ll feel more connected and, in many cases, better prepared to handle the challenges in front of you.
Get in a little exercise every day.
Even if you cannot leave your home, you can still get in exercise! Choose a fitness video that fits your needs and physical goals for yourself. Not only will you help build strength and even boost your immune system through exercise, it will help boost your mood. If you notice yourself getting down or struggling to get off the couch, toss in that workout video and get moving. Many fitness brands, gyms, and other organizations are offering free access to their libraries of fitness videos during the current health crisis, which means that you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.
Clean your home.
Living in a clean space will often do much more for your mood than sitting around and allowing the clutter to pile up. If you have kids at home with you, you may notice the clutter increasing exponentially. This is a great time to take on those organizing tasks that usually fall by the wayside! Involve the whole family and take the time to get things cleaned up. You may also want to deep clean to help prevent germs from making it into your home. A clean, tidy and organized space helps activate a clean and creative mind.
Name it to tame it
Many people are trying to put on a brave face and, in trying to do that, they are numbing their emotions using work, Netflix or substances like nicotine. Do not try to repress your feelings, because they will not go away; they will actually get worse. The only way you can get a sense of control is to name your feelings. This is because when you have intense feelings, your limbic/emotional system overpowers your brain and when you name the feeling – “I am feeling anxious”, “I am worried about my finances” – you actually send calming signals from your neocortex/thinking brain to your emotional brain and it soothes the intense emotions.
Have a routine
While we are staying indoors, it is easy to think that we are on an extended weekend and let ourselves and our routines go. However, this will make you feel more anxious and groundless, so it’s very important to have a routine in place that addresses all your priorities, such as physical health, mental health, relational health and spiritual health. Make sure you take a shower every day and change out of your pyjamas. When you are ‘at work’, wear work clothes and change into leisure wear when you are done, because you are sending subconscious signals to your brain with the clothes you wear. Make sure you are eating nutritious and immunity-building foods and avoiding fried and sugary foods. Lastly, make sure you guard your sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time and don’t take long naps in the day that compromise your night sleep. You should consider wearing blue light glasses while you are on your screens, so you do not disrupt your sleep hormones with extended blue light exposure. Remember, sleep affects every part of us down to a cellular level and the best thing you can do is to get a good night’s sleep.
Speak to a professional, if need be.
Are you struggling with depression or anxiety surrounding the coronavirus crisis? You aren’t alone. An online psychologist can help you work through many of those feelings and decrease your overall anxiety. Many mental health professionals are also coming together to offer online resources that can help you cope throughout the pandemic, whether you’re struggling with isolation or worried about yourself and your loved ones. Self isolation can be difficult, but the results are well worth the isolation. Take control of this time! Set goals for yourself, whether your goal is cleaning out a closet, getting more exercise, or decreasing your social media usage. This crisis, too, will eventually pass–and in the meantime, you can focus on creating a clean, well-organized space for yourself and your family members.