3 Ways to Improve Your Mental Health During COVID-19
In the midst of managing a situation like the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and worried. Focusing on how to slow the spread of the virus is important for our physical health, however, identifying ways to manage our mental health is also crucial.
We may experience increased feelings of anxiety, powerlessness, impatience, irritability or frustration. We might also experience a sense of scarcity, or be concerned about increased stigmatization or xenophobia. We may feel uncertainty about the future or worry about isolation amidst rapidly changing schedules and social plans.
While feeling worried is normal and expected, there are many ways we can increase our resilience during this time:
Manage The News, Don’t Let The News Control You
- For many people, especially in times of crisis, it is natural for the news to quickly turn from informational to upsetting. As you seek out reputable sources, also evaluate how much news is helpful for you and stick to the limits you set for yourself.
- Replace the time you otherwise might be reading or watching the news with somethings you enjoy to help you unwind.
Keep Your Physical Health A Priority
- Go for a walk, work-out, take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, eat well-balanced meals, get plenty of sleep, etc… Keeping your physical health in good order will also help boost your immunity, resilience and mental health.
Be Ready to Adapt To New Schedules, Routines, And Varied Social Contact
- Social distancing is one of the most prominent ways Covid is affecting mental health, as in normal times of crisis, people naturally seek connection from others to cope with uncertainty and fear. While you may not be able to meet in person, it is important to explore creative ways to maintain connection. Create new traditions with your family and friends via online apps for messages and video calls.
With so many areas of life that feel out of control, it is important to focus on what you can control in your life and to keep those things as consistent, manageable, and comfortable as possible.