Regina Wheeler gives some practical advice on how to look after your mental health.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has presented new challenges for all of us, especially in maintaining our mental health. Not only has it impacted people already dealing with depression and anxiety, but it has given others, who have never had to deal with mental health problems, a fresh understanding of its challenges. Though mental health is a complex issue, there are steps you can take that can make a positive difference.
1: Be Aware –
It might seem simplistic or obvious but it is so important to be aware of how you feel. “Don’t deny yourself the ability to have a down day”, says Cory Corkerym, a psychology blogger at 1 Day 2 write and Origin Writings.
2: Keep up a routine –
Don’t hold yourself to impossible standards but try to keep a few things stable. We are creatures of habit and our mental health will benefit if we stick to a routine. If you are used to having a cup of tea every morning at nine, maintaining this schedule will make your body feel more ‘normal’ and your mental health will be more likely to behave in the same way.
3: Try Not to Overindulge –
We all have our vices, our over indulgences – comfort eating, comfort drinking, the extra cigarette to get us through the day. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat, but try to avoid taking things to excess. Recognise that these behaviours are simply attempts to compensate for things that we are lacking – such as socialising, working, or being out and about – and can lead to even greater problems.
4: Stay Connected –
Stay in touch! Though we might all be getting tired of Zoom calls and the occasional socially distanced drive-by, it is crucial to stay in touch with the ones we love. A text message saying, ‘I miss you’ or ‘Hope everything’s going well for you’, could make a tremendous difference to someone. ‘It really is that simple. A smile over a zoom call will remind you that this will all come to an end eventually, and that the real world really is still out there’, says Abigayle Schumm, a health blogger at Write My X and Brit Student.
5: Prioritise Your Physical Health –
Physical and mental health are strongly intertwined, often more than we realise. Exercise and a healthy diet will make your body feel good by boosting your ‘happy hormones’ (endorphins ). Vitamin supplements might also help, especially Vitamin D when you are not getting enough sun.
6: Be Kind to Yourself –
Don’t be hard on yourself. Everyone has down days and days when they get absolutely nothing done. Be kind to your body, give it an occasional treat. Do not push yourself, allow yourself to have a moody day every now and then. This is a storm that we are all weathering, and no one truly weathers a storm without getting a little wet in the process.
About the Author:
Regina Wheeler is an accomplished e-learning consultant at PhD Kingdom and Next Coursework. She is constantly moving from project to project, as she is around the world. She loves speaking and writing on management, marketing and finance. If you would like to read more of her work, you can find it on Research paper writing services.