A global pandemic is enough to stem strong emotions and bring in stress, anxiety, and a feeling of depression in anyone. The coronavirus pandemic has made it quite clear that focusing on mental health is as important as focusing on your physical health. And since these are trying times, it is important to go that extra mile and take care of your mental health during this current outbreak.
Although the coronavirus pandemic has started to slow down, it is not yet over. The uncertainty lingers around with the question as to when will this pandemic end? Since no one can answer this as of now, there are various measures that can be taken to manage stress and anxiety, and maintain a strong mind. Listed below are five tips from Michelle Sproule, Clinical Director at Scottsdale Recovery Center to maintain good mental health amid a pandemic.
You are not alone
It is normal to feel unwanted, stressed, frustrated, anxious, and depressed when there is a global pandemic out there. However, remember that we are all in this together, stuck in these unprecedented times. It is essential to acknowledge your feelings and not hide them because doing so would make them even worse. Understanding your feelings can help you manage them as time progresses.
Although it is important to stay updated about the latest trends and news about the ongoing situation, do not glue yourself to the TV or mobile phone. You do not need to follow each and every headline. Just read once and leave the other things untouched. Also, it is a good practice to reduce your onscreen time and close those social media apps. This will help you remain sane and will also relieve your mind.
Keep in touch
Self-isolation is good, but when done out of fear can do more harm than good. Just keep in mind that quarantine in no way means disconnecting from your friends and family members. Try to talk to your friends, be a part of your social group, and do not seclude yourself from everyone. Remember that staying connected is important as not doing so can result in a feeling of isolation which can hamper your mental health.
It is important to practice a healthy routine even during the quarantine. Every day, take breaks during your work and go outside for a walk away from the crowd. You can also choose some of the best workout apps and online classes to participate in and work on your physical health in the comfort of your home. Also, wake up at a normal time and follow a well-balanced diet. Choosing to eat excessive junk food can worsen your physical health and put you at a risk of more severe heart diseases.
The pandemic has affected everyone, however, there are a few people who are more affected than others. But if you follow the above strategies, it can have a positive impact on your overall health.
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