6 Simple Tips to Care for Mental Health during a Pandemic

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Anxious? Scared? Worried?

A few months ago, we were but mere spectators to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the whole world. This pandemic has already killed tens of thousands across the globe. And it doesn’t seem to slow down just yet. Asia, Europe, and America are now being hit the hardest, other continents are also not spared.

Now it hits closer to home, knocking on our very own doorsteps. How is your mental health coping?

Fear for our health, worries over livelihood and loved ones, complaints about government’s action (or the lack thereof) can cause panic, anxiety, and distress. Add to the fact that since people are now strictly mandated to practice self-isolation and home quarantine, the feeling of loneliness can be suddenly overwhelming to some. 

Indeed, Psychological strain is an unknown foe to beat during these trying times.

Now stuck at home, here are simple tips to help people deal with the coronavirus pandemic

1.     Get Facts from Experts & Verified Sources

Some news outlets and social media platforms use sensationalism to create engagement. Unfortunately, these blown-up accounts may only lead to fear-mongering and unverified reporting. False news and misinformation abound online, causing anxiety and panic. As much as possible, you should take what you read online with a grain of salt.

To ensure the veracity of the information, source it out from reliable sources such as: 

 WHO: www.who.int/csr/en/

 CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

 DOH: https://www.doh.gov.ph/

2.     Find an Accountability Companion

Suddenly finding yourself locked down in your house, life seems to be at a standstill. Your normal routine unceremoniously interrupted; friends and family far away. If this feels like your life, then make social distancing work for you! Connect to a close friend you trust and be accountable to each other. This can be done via online chat, through video calls or even in person (if you happen to live in the same house). Studies show that sharing your worries with another person considerably eases stress and anxiety levels. 

But be extra mindful of others as well and try to stay clear of people who are overly worrying as they might add to your anxiety instead of lessening it!

3.     Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle

This is the best time to focus on your physical health. If before there are probably a gazillion excuses not to exercise and plan a healthy diet, now is the perfect time to do it, don’t you think?

By all means, spoil yourself with a healthy assortment of fruits and vegetables. Here are some healthy foods that are proven to reduce anxiety and stress:

  • Nuts
  • Fatty Fish
  • Banana
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Tea – Chamomile and Lavender are best
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Turmeric

4.     Get Fit

Keeping your body active during the pandemic pulls your mind away from the unnecessary worrying. Moreover, it also improves your mood and overall wellbeing. Be fit and exercise at home. There’s no need for fancy equipment, just be creative about it. Do Zumba or a cardio workout with the kind assistance of YouTube. Or perhaps some relaxation techniques such as Yoga and meditation can do the trick. Do remember to stay well-hydrated, too.

5.     Start a New Hobby or Revive an Old One

Got a book from many years back that you’ve been wanting to finish? Now is the perfect time to get back to it. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Crochet a blanket. Cook the dishes that you crave. Immerse yourself in DIY crafts.

6.     Unplug From Social Media

According to studies, “social media may escalate anxiety more than traditional media” does. Our risk assessment increases whenever we read or hear the news. As a result, it amplifies our distress and anxiety. So it is well to unplug from all our electronic gadgets every once in a while to help rest our weary minds and eyes. 

It is wise to keep your immunity up during a pandemic. However, don’t forget to watch out for your mental health as well & ensure you remain sane amid the uncertainty of the situation. Remember, mental health is relatively connected to your physical wellness. 

So start practicing these simple tips to get your mind off the Corona virus pandemic now. With a healthy mind and a healthy body, you are sure to come out from this corona virus pandemic victorious.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Growing up with books as her frequent companion, Mabelle Laude is a consummate bibliophile who devours books from dusk till dawn. She used to be a techie gal for a semiconductor corp until one day, she saw the light and went back to her innate calling – writing. Now, banking on her technical background, she methodically researches topics before writing her heart out.

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