Looking after your mental health wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak is very important. The world is a stressful place right now. This global pandemic has got people panic-buying, desperately scrolling social media platforms for the latest information and worrying about conspiracy theories. It is a lot to take in.
This pandemic has brought uncertainty and frustration but at the same time we all are in this together, to support one another, uplift the spirits and be there for each other.We all are advised to stay indoors and avoid social contact.
While we all adopt social distancing, working from home and washing hands, its important to take this time as a time to focus on our health, mental well being, things we couldn’t do previously due to busy schedules. This means a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual.
Looking after your Mental Health wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak is as important as looking after your physical health.
Here are 5 Tips to help you stay positive.
1. Limit your News Intake
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. Have breaks from social media and mute things, which are triggering.
2. Add Home workouts and Exercises to your daily routine
Create a new daily routine that prioritizes looking after yourself. Take care of your body. Do Home workouts. Even if they are for a short duration, add them to your daily routines. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
3. Keep your Mind Simulated
Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles. Some libraries have apps you can use to borrow ebooks, audiobooks or magazines from home for free, if you’re a library member.
4. Work on a new hobby/Interest
Remember that one thing that had to be done and you kept on delaying? This is the time to get on to it and finally start doing it. Could be organising your wardrobe or reading a book, learning a new language, playing the guitar, or learning to cook some thing new. Start playing a new game, puzzle making or a word game.
5. Communication is Key
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Be in touch with your friends and family.
Stay safe and indoors. Stay positive and remember, we all are here to support one another! This too shall pass!